20 Dec 2023

Mansukh Mandaviya

India witnesses COVID-19 surge, health minister calls for mock drills

India on Wednesday witnessed a fresh surge in COVID-19 cases, with 614 new cases reported in the last 24 hours—reportedly the highest daily tally since May 21. This increase is attributed to the coronavirus sub-variant JN.1.

16 Dec 2023


What is JN.1? New COVID-19 variant detected in Kerala

Kerala has detected a case of COVID-19 sub-variant JN.1, official sources confirmed on Saturday.

12 Apr 2023


COVID-19: India logs 7,830 new cases, highest in 223 days

India on Wednesday reported 7,830 new cases of COVID-19, the highest in 223 days and a sharp rise from Tuesday's count of 5,676 infections, as per the Union Health Ministry's data.

09 Apr 2023


India records 5,300+ COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths; positivity rate 3.39%

India recorded 5,357 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, with the daily positivity rate at 3.39%, the Union Health Ministry revealed on Sunday morning.

05 Apr 2023


India records nearly 4,500 COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths

India recorded nearly 4,500 new daily COVID-19 cases on Tuesday—the highest single-day rise in 163 days—the Union Health Ministry revealed on Wednesday.

26 Mar 2023


India records nearly 1,900 new daily COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths

India recorded nearly 1,900 new daily COVID-19 cases on Saturday—the highest in 149 days—the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry revealed on Sunday.

25 Mar 2023


India records nearly 1,600 daily COVID-19 cases—highest in 5 months

India reported nearly 1,600 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the highest in 146 days, the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry said on Saturday.

23 Mar 2023


New COVID-19 variant, XBB.1.16 detected in 349 samples: Govt

The XBB.1.16 subvariant of COVID-19 has been detected in a total of 349 samples so far, according to the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG), reported PTI.

20 Mar 2023


COVID-19 subvariant XBB 1.16 cases rise in India; guidelines revised

The Centre has issued revised guidelines amid the continuous daily COVID-19 case spike in the country.

22 Dec 2022


#NewsBytesExplainer: What is BF.7, Omicron sub-variant triggering China's COVID-19 spurt

Four cases of Omicron sub-variant BF.7, which is believed to be driving the current spurt of COVID-19 cases in China, were reported in India on Wednesday.

21 Dec 2022


Increase genome sequencing to track COVID-19 variants: Centre tells states

Amid a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Brazil, China, Japan, South Korea, and the US, the Union Health Ministry has asked all states and union territories to increase genome sequencing of positive cases to track variants through the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) network.

03 May 2022


COVID-19 Omicron XE subvariant presence confirmed in India: Details here

The country's first case of COVID-19 Omicron sub-variant XE has been confirmed by the Centre's Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Sequencing Consortium (INSACOG).

23 Jan 2022


Omicron in community transmission stage, dominant strain in metros: INSACOG

The Omicron variant of coronavirus is in the community transmission stage in India, said the genome sequencing labs' consortium INSACOG.

15 Sep 2021


Mu, C.1.2 variants of SARS-CoV2 not found in India: INSACOG

India has so far not seen Mu and C.1.2, the two new variants of SARS-CoV2, and the Delta variant and its sub-lineages continue to be the main Variants of Concern in the country, INSACOG, the genome sequencing consortium, has said.

17 May 2021

Union Health Ministry

COVID-19: Virologist Shahid Jameel resigns from government's genome sequencing group

Eminent virologist Dr. Shahid Jameel has resigned as the head of the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG), the scientific advisory group coordinating the country's genome sequencing work.

05 Jan 2021


20 more people contract new coronavirus strain, tally reaches 58

On Tuesday, the Union Health Ministry said that 20 more people have tested positive for the new strain of coronavirus that was detected in the United Kingdom. With this, the tally has swelled to 58.