Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare: News

What is genome sequencing? How can it help combat COVID-19

Taking cognizance of a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases in China, Japan, the United States, Brazil, and the Republic of Korea, the Union health ministry directed all states on Tuesday to conduct genome sequencing of positive cases to check for any new variant.

22 Nov 2022

COVID-19 Guidelines

Air Suvidha form scrapped! Centre's new rules for international passengers

The central government has relaxed the requirement to fill out the Air Suvidha form for individuals arriving in India from foreign nations on the back of the constantly falling COVID-19 cases in the country.

COVID-19 re-emergence: Saudi bans travel to India, 15 other countries

Saudi Arabia has barred its citizens from traveling to 16 countries, including India, following the re-emergence of COVID-19 cases.

India registered higher deaths, fewer births in 1st pandemic year

India saw a 6% rise in deaths in 2020—the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic—compared to 2019, showed the Civil Registration System (CRS) data released by the Centre on Tuesday.

30 Apr 2022


COVID-19: India logs 3,688 new cases, 50 more deaths

India on Saturday reported over 3,600 new COVID-19 cases, an increase of over 300 cases from the previous day.

24 Apr 2022


COVID-19: India reports 2,593 new cases, 44 more deaths

India on Sunday reported nearly 2,600 new COVID-19 cases, an increase of over 60 cases from the previous day.

21 Apr 2022


COVID-19 in India: States where wearing masks are mandatory again

In the wake of the fresh surge in COVID-19 cases in India, several states and union territories have reimposed stricter norms to control the spread, including mandating face masks.

India questions WHO's methodology to calculate COVID-19 deaths: Here's why

India on Saturday asserted the World Health Organization (WHO) utilized incorrect methodology for calculating its COVID-19 deaths.

08 Apr 2022


COVID-19 vaccine precautionary dose: How eligible adults can book slots

The Union Health Ministry on Friday announced that the country's entire adult population would be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine precautionary doses, or booster shots, from Sunday (April 10).

08 Apr 2022


COVID-19 vaccine precautionary dose available for 18+ from April 10

In a landmark decision, the Centre on Friday announced that precautionary doses of the COVID-19 vaccines in India will be made available to the entire adult population of the country starting Sunday (April 10).

19 Mar 2022


India adds 2,075 more COVID-19 cases, 71 deaths

India on Saturday reported over 2,000 new COVID-19 cases, a decline of around 450 cases from the previous day.

02 Dec 2021


India reports 2 cases of Omicron variant, government says

India has reported two cases of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus so far, Union Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said at a press briefing on Thursday.

29 Jun 2021


Guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination of pregnant women issued

The Union Health Ministry has prepared a fact sheet to guide frontline workers and vaccinators on counseling pregnant women about the value and precautions of the COVID-19 vaccine so that they can make an informed decision.

30 Mar 2021


Dr. Harsh Vardhan takes second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan and his wife took the second COVID-19 vaccine shot at the Delhi Heart and Lung Institute on Tuesday.

17 Jan 2021


Co-WIN app suffers glitches on 1st day of vaccination drive

The COVID-19 Vaccine Intelligence Network (Co-WIN) platform suffered several glitches on the first day of India's vaccination drive.

25 Dec 2020


Is India prepared for vaccination? Trial in four states soon

Though India is yet to approve a coronavirus vaccine candidate, on December 28 and 29, the Centre has planned a dry run in four states to judge the preparedness of the vaccination program, PTI reported on Friday.

02 Nov 2020


Coronavirus: India's tally reaches 82.3 lakh with 46k+ new cases

India on Sunday reported roughly 46,000 fresh coronavirus infections, bringing the nationwide total to 82.3 lakh cases.

16 Sep 2020


Has the second wave of coronavirus started in India?

The number of coronavirus infections in India has crossed the 50-lakh mark. The Union Health Ministry's Wednesday bulletin showed that India reported a record 1,290 fresh fatalities in the past 24 hours.

10 Aug 2020


Former President Pranab Mukherjee tests positive for coronavirus

Former President and Congress veteran Pranab Mukherjee informed via a tweet on Monday that he has tested positive for coronavirus.

15 Jul 2020


India: 30,000 new coronavirus cases recorded; tally reaches 9.36 lakh

India recorded yet another spike in coronavirus cases on Tuesday, taking the total tally across the country to 9,36,181, data from Union Health Ministry revealed earlier in the day.

12 Jul 2020


Coronavirus: With 28,000+ new cases, India records biggest single-day spike

India has reported 28,637 fresh COVID-19 cases - the biggest single-day spike so far - in 24 hours since 8:00am on Saturday. The nationwide tally now stands at 8.49 lakh.

05 Jun 2020


Centre releases guidelines before opening of malls, restaurants, religious places

Malls, restaurants, hotels, and religious places will be re-opened from Monday (June 8), more than two months after they were shut to curtail coronavirus' transmission.

22 Apr 2020


Health Ministry launches Twitter service to answer questions around COVID-19

In a major development, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched a Twitter service to address public concerns and queries around the novel coronavirus disease.

31 Mar 2020


Coronavirus: Death toll reaches 41; Telangana confirms 6 fatalities

The Ministry of Health on Monday said that 227 new coronavirus cases were reported in the past 24 hours, taking India's tally to 1,251.

20 Mar 2020


Coronavirus: Ladakh on virtual lockdown as tally rises to 10

Ladakh has been placed on virtual lockdown as the Union Territory reported two more cases of the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19.

14 Mar 2020


Bengaluru: Coronavirus infected techie's wife fled on train, tests positive

At a time when people have been advised to take concrete steps to minimize the coronavirus impact, the wife of a Google employee, who tested positive, fled from Bengaluru and took a train to Agra from Delhi earlier this month, putting thousands of people at risk.

11 Mar 2020


Coronavirus: Kerala in shutdown mode, health-emergency declared in four districts

With 14 people testing positive for coronavirus in Kerala, the state government has declared a health emergency in four districts and imposed several restrictions.

03 Feb 2020


Third person tests positive for coronavirus in Kerala; patient stable

Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja on Monday confirmed that a third person has tested positive for novel coronavirus in the state.

27 Jan 2020

South Korea

Coronavirus: Rajasthan doctor placed in isolation after returning from China

Amid a global coronavirus scare, a doctor in Rajasthan has been placed under medical supervision after showing symptoms of an infection.

19 Jun 2019


How IIT Gandhinagar became India's first 'Eat Right Campus'

To encourage high standards of food quality, hygiene, and safety in educational institutions, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) last year launched "Eat Right" awards.

14 Jun 2019


Why doctors at AIIMS Delhi wore bandages while treating patients

Earlier this week, an unruly mob attacked two doctors in Kolkata. They claimed an elderly patient died due to "medical negligence".

12 Jun 2019


Bihar: 53 children die in suspected Encephalitis outbreak

Bihar has been reeling under an Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) outbreak, which has reportedly claimed the lives of 53 children in the past 10 days.

Gurugram: Cab driver offers lift to 15-year-old, rapes her

In a horrifying incident, a 15-year-old was allegedly raped by a cab driver on Saturday night after he offered her lift from IFFCO Chowk to Mahipalpur, Delhi.

22 Oct 2018


1L benefited under PMJAY in one month of launch: Nadda

Nearly a month after the rollout of the Center's PMJAY health insurance scheme, 1 lakh people have availed the benefits of the ambitious programme, Union Health Minister, JP Nadda, said yesterday.

21 Oct 2018


Disclose corruption complaints against serving Union Ministers: CIC to PMO

The Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to disclose complaints of corruption received against Union Ministers between 2014 and 2017 and action taken on them.

12 Oct 2018

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

Noida: Girl denied treatment for not having Aadhaar; Nadda intervenes

A nine-year-old girl from Noida was allegedly denied treatment at a Delhi government hospital for not having Aadhaar.

SC seeks Center's response on faulty hip implants by J&J

The Supreme Court yesterday sought the Center's response on a plea alleging that "faulty" and "deadly" hip implants, made by US-based pharma major Johnson & Johnson (J&J), have been fitted into the bodies of 14,525 Indian patients, termed as "medical negligence" by an expert committee.

30 Jun 2018


Government's free condoms aren't a hit anymore, reveals RTI

An RTI reply has revealed demand for condoms handed over by the government, to promote birth-control and safe sex, has decreased.

11 Apr 2018


Goa patient loses out on cadaver donation; probe ordered

A brain-dead man's organs harvested at a private hospital in Goa were taken to Mumbai instead of being donated to a patient waiting for the transplant at the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), prompting the health department to order an inquiry into it.

24 Mar 2018


They wanted to work in AIIMS, but through forged letter!

For getting a job anywhere, one should bring their resumes but two persons were arrested as they brought a forged letter of recommendation 'signed' by the Union Health Minister instead, to work in AIIMS as lab attendants.