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Coronavirus Cases Cross 2.2 Lakh, Centre Says Delhi's Status Worrying

India's tally of coronavirus cases crossed 2.2 lakh on Thursday with a record spike of over 9,000 new cases and several states reporting their highest one-day surge, even as efforts were accelerated to restart long-stalled business activities to contain the economic cost of the pandemic.

Health Tips

Here are some common questions answered on what individuals can do to stay safe:

Testing Centers

Hospitals

  • All India Institute Medical Sciences, Delhi
  • Army Hospital (R&R)
  • Lady Hardinge Medical College
  • National Centre for Disease Control

Hospitals

  • Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati
  • Rangaraya Medical College, Kakinada
  • Sidhatha Medical College, Vijaywada
  • GMC, Anantapur

Hospitals

  • Regional Medical Research Centre, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar

Hospitals

  • Gauhati Medical College, Guwahati
  • Regional Medical Research Cente, Dibrugarh r
  • Jorhat Medical College, Jorhat
  • Silchar Medical College, Silchar

Hospitals

  • Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna

Hospitals

  • Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research

Hospitals

  • All India Institute Medical Sciences, Raipur

Hospitals

  • BJ Medical College, Ahmedabad
  • M.P.Shah Government Medical College, Jamnagar

Hospitals

  • BPS Govt Medical College, Sonipat
  • Pt. B.D. Sharma Post Graduate Inst. of Med. Sciences, Rohtak

Hospitals

  • Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla
  • Dr.Rajendra Prasad Govt. Med. College, Kangra, Tanda

Hospitals

  • Government Medical College
  • Command Hospital (NC) Udhampur

Hospitals

  • MGM Medical College, Jamshedpur

Hospitals

  • National Institute of Virology Field Unit Bangalore
  • Hassan Inst. of Med. Sciences, Hassan
  • Mysore Medical College & Research Institute, Mysore
  • Shimoga Inst. of Med. Sciences, Shivamogga
  • Command Hospital (AF) Bengaluru
  • Bangalore Medical College & Research Institute, Bangalore

Hospitals

  • National Institute of Virology Field Unit
  • Govt. Medical College, Thriuvananthapuram
  • Govt. Medical College, Kozhikhode
  • Government Medical College, Thrissur

Hospitals

  • All India Institute Medical Sciences, Bhopal
  • National Institute of Research in Tribal Health (NIRTH), Jabalpur
  • MGM Medical College, Indore

Hospitals

  • NEIGRI of Health and Medical Sciences, Shillong

Hospitals

  • Seth GS Medical College & KEM Hospital, Mumbai
  • Indira Gandhi Government Medical College, Nagpur
  • Kasturba Hospital for Infectious Diseases, Mumbai
  • Armed Forces Medical College Pune
  • NIV Field Unit
  • B. J. Medical College

Hospitals

  • J N Inst. of Med. Sciences Hospital, Imphal-East
  • Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal

Hospitals

  • Regional Medical Research Center, Bhubaneswar

Hospitals

  • Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research

Hospitals

  • Government Medical College, Amritsar
  • Government Medical College, Patiala

Hospitals

  • Sawai Man Singh, Jaipur
  • Dr. S.N Medical College, Jodhpur
  • Jhalawar Medical College, Jhalawar
  • SP Med. College, Bikaner
  • RNT Medical College, Udaipur
  • AIIMS Jodhpur

Hospitals

  • Sher-e- Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences
  • GMC, Srinagar

Hospitals

  • King's Institute of Preventive Medicine & Research, Chennai
  • Government Medical College, Theni
  • Government Medical College, Thiruvarur
  • Tirunelveli Medical College, Tirunelveli
  • Coimbatore Medical College, Coimbatore
  • Madras Medical college, Madras

Hospitals

  • Government Medical College, Agartala

Hospitals

  • Gandhi Medical College, Secunderabad
  • Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad

Hospitals

  • King's George Medical University, Lucknow
  • Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh
  • Command Hospital (CC) Lucknow

Hospitals

  • Government Medical College, Haldwani

Hospitals

  • National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata
  • Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education And Research, Kolkata

Helplines

State Helpline Numbers
State/UTHelpline No.
Andaman & Nicobar03192-232102
Andhra Pradesh0866-2410978
Arunachal Pradesh9436055743
Assam6913347770
Bihar104
Chandigarh9779558282
Chhattisgarh104
Dadra Nagar Haveli104
Delhi011-22307145
Goa104
Gujarat104
Haryana8558893911
Himachal Pradesh104
Jammu01912520982
Jharkhand104
Karnataka104
Kashmir01942440283
Kerala0471-2552056
Ladakh01982256462
Lakshadweep104
Madhya Pradesh104
Maharashtra020-26127394
Manipur3852411668
Meghalaya108
Mizoram102
Nagaland7005539653
Odisha9439994859
Puducherry104
Punjab104
Rajasthan0141-2225624
Sikkim104
Tamil Nadu044-29510500
Telangana104
Tripura0381-2315879
Uttarakhand104
Uttar Pradesh18001805145
West Bengal1800313444222, 3323412600
The central helpline number: 011-23978046

A 24x7 control room has also been established for any query related to COIVID-19: 011-22307145, 22300012 and 22300036



North: 011-27708768


South: 011-29531277


West: 011-25195529


North-West: 011-25951182


South-West: 011-25066674


South-East Delhi: 011-26476410


North-East Delhi: 011-22115289


New Delhi: 011-23385743


Central Delhi: 011-23270151


Shahdara: 011-22111077

FAQs

  • What Is A Coronavirus?

    Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

  • What Is COVID-19?

    COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

  • What Are The Symptoms Of COVID-19?

    The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

  • How Does COVID-19 Spread?

    People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick. WHO is assessing ongoing research on the ways COVID-19 is spread and will continue to share updated findings.

  • Can the virus that causes COVID-19 be transmitted through the air?

    Studies to date suggest that the virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through contact with respiratory droplets rather than through the air.

  • Can CoVID-19 be caught from a person who has no symptoms?

    The main way the disease spreads is through respiratory droplets expelled by someone who is coughing. The risk of catching COVID-19 from someone with no symptoms at all is very low. However, many people with COVID-19 experience only mild symptoms. This is particularly true at the early stages of the disease. It is therefore possible to catch COVID-19 from someone who has, for example, just a mild cough and does not feel ill. WHO is assessing ongoing research on the period of transmission of COVID-19 and will continue to share updated findings.

  • Can I catch COVID-19 from the feces of someone with the disease?

    The risk of catching COVID-19 from the feces of an infected person appears to be low. While initial investigations suggest the virus may be present in feces in some cases, spread through this route is not a main feature of the outbreak. WHO is assessing ongoing research on the ways COVID-19 is spread and will continue to share new findings. Because this is a risk, however, it is another reason to clean hands regularly, after using the bathroom and before eating.

  • What can I do to protect myself and prevent the spread of disease?

    Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Many countries around the world have seen cases of COVID-19 and several have seen outbreaks. Authorities in China and some other countries have succeeded in slowing or stopping their outbreaks. However, the situation is unpredictable so check regularly for the latest news.

    You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:

    Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

    Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

    Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

    Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately. Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

    Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority. Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area.

    Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

    Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid traveling to places – especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease. Why? You have a higher chance of catching COVID-19 in one of these areas.

  • Protection measures for persons who are in or have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading

    Follow the guidance outlined above (Protection measures for everyone) Self-isolate by staying at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache, low grade fever (37.3 C or above) and slight runny nose, until you recover. If it is essential for you to have someone bring you supplies or to go out, e.g. to buy food, then wear a mask to avoid infecting other people. Why? Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.

    If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers. Why? Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.

  • How likely am I to catch COVID-19?

    The risk depends on where you are - and more specifically, whether there is a COVID-19 outbreak unfolding there. For most people in most locations the risk of catching COVID-19 is still low. However, there are now places around the world (cities or areas) where the disease is spreading. For people living in, or visiting, these areas the risk of catching COVID-19 is higher. Governments and health authorities are taking vigorous action every time a new case of COVID-19 is identified. Be sure to comply with any local restrictions on travel, movement or large gatherings. Cooperating with disease control efforts will reduce your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19. COVID-19 outbreaks can be contained and transmission stopped, as has been shown in China and some other countries. Unfortunately, new outbreaks can emerge rapidly. It’s important to be aware of the situation where you are or intend to go.

  • Should I worry about COVID-19?

    Illness due to COVID-19 infection is generally mild, especially for children and young adults. However, it can cause serious illness: about 1 in every 5 people who catch it need hospital care. It is therefore quite normal for people to worry about how the COVID-19 outbreak will affect them and their loved ones. We can channel our concerns into actions to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities. First and foremost among these actions is regular and thorough hand-washing and good respiratory hygiene. Secondly, keep informed and follow the advice of the local health authorities including any restrictions put in place on travel, movement and gatherings.

  • Who is at risk of developing severe illness?

    While we are still learning about how COVID-2019 affects people, older persons and persons with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes) appear to develop serious illness more often than others.

  • Are antibiotics effective in preventing or treating the COVID-19?

    No. Antibiotics do not work against viruses, they only work on bacterial infections. COVID-19 is caused by a virus, so antibiotics do not work. Antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment of COVID-19. They should only be used as directed by a physician to treat a bacterial infection.

  • Are there any medicines or therapies that can prevent or cure COVID-19?

    While some western, traditional or home remedies may provide comfort and alleviate symptoms of COVID-19, there is no evidence that current medicine can prevent or cure the disease. WHO does not recommend self-medication with any medicines, including antibiotics, as a prevention or cure for COVID-19. However, there are several ongoing clinical trials that include both western and traditional medicines. WHO will continue to provide updated information as soon as clinical findings are available.

  • Is there a vaccine, drug or treatment for COVID-19?

    Not yet. To date, there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat COVID-2019. However, those affected should receive care to relieve symptoms. People with serious illness should be hospitalized. Most patients recover thanks to supportive care. Possible vaccines and some specific drug treatments are under investigation. They are being tested through clinical trials. WHO is coordinating efforts to develop vaccines and medicines to prevent and treat COVID-19. The most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to frequently clean your hands, cover your cough with the bend of elbow or tissue, and maintain a distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) from people who are coughing or sneezing.

Myth-Busters

5G mobile networks do not spread COVID-19
Viruses cannot travel on radio waves/mobile networks. COVID-19 is spreading in many countries that do not have 5G mobile networks. COVID-19 spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks. People can also be infected by touching a contaminated surface and then their eyes, mouth or nose.
Exposing yourself to the sun or to temperatures higher than 25°C degrees does not prevent the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
You can recover from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Catching the new coronavirus does not mean you will have it for life
Being able to hold your breath for 10 seconds or more without coughing or feeling discomfort does not mean you are free from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) or any other lung disease
Drinking alcohol does not protect you against COVID-19 and can be dangerous
COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates
Cold weather and snow cannot kill the new coronavirus
Taking a hot bath does not prevent the new coronavirus disease
The new coronavirus cannot be transmitted through mosquito bites
Are hand dryers effective in killing the new coronavirus?
Can an ultraviolet disinfection lamp kill the new coronavirus?
How effective are thermal scanners in detecting people infected with the new coronavirus?
Can spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kill the new coronavirus?
Do vaccines against pneumonia protect you against the new coronavirus?
Can regularly rinsing your nose with saline help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?
Can eating garlic help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?
Does the new coronavirus affect older people, or are younger people also susceptible?
Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the new coronavirus?
Are there any specific medicines to prevent or treat the new coronavirus?
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Coronavirus, an infectious disease which can easily transfer from one person to another, has been spreading unabated across nations. The deadly disease belongs to a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Due to coronavirus or COVID-19 that had originated late last year in a food market in the Chinese city of Wuhan, worldwide, thousands of people have died and lakhs have got infected. The World Health Organization has already declared coronavirus as “Global Pandemic” as it has affected millions of people around the globe.

In India, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases and casualties are increasing with each passing day. Amid the coronavirus scare in India, various states have announced a lockdown. The government has also ordered states to "strictly enforce lockdown" and asked for legal action against those who violated the restriction.

According to health experts, India's cases have been growing at a rate seen during the early stages of the outbreak in other countries, which subsequently reported an exponential increase in infections. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, currently, India is in stage two of transmission, where the virus infects people directly in contact with affected patients who returned from abroad.

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