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The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the apex body in India for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research, is one of the oldest and largest medical research bodies in the world. The ICMR is funded by the Government of India through the Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. In 2007 the organization established the Clinical Trials Registry - India, which is India's national registry for clinical trials.

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‘No difference in Covid death percentage between first & second wave’: ICMR D-G [Video]

‘No difference in Covid death percentage between first & second wave’: ICMR D-G

Dr Balram Bhargava, Director-General (DG) of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said there is no change in death rate between the first and second Covid-19 wave. "There is no change in the..

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No difference in death percentage between 1st and 2nd COVID wave: ICMR DG [Video]

No difference in death percentage between 1st and 2nd COVID wave: ICMR DG

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Chief, Dr. Balram Bhargava on April 19 said that in the second wave of COVID, there is no difference found in the percentage of death in comparison to 1st wave..

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COVID-19: India reports spike of over 2.6 lakh cases [Video]

COVID-19: India reports spike of over 2.6 lakh cases

COVID-19 situation continues to deteriorate across the country. Daily cases breached 2-lakh mark for 4th consecutive day on April 18 as India reported 2,61,500 new cases. Country's COVID caseload is at..

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COVID-19: India continues to report spike of over 2 lakh cases [Video]

COVID-19: India continues to report spike of over 2 lakh cases

COVID-19 situation continues to deteriorate across the country. Daily cases breached 2-lakh mark on third consecutive day on April 17 as India reported 2,34,692 new cases. Country's COVID caseload is..

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COVID-19: India records highest ever spike of 2.17 lakh cases [Video]

COVID-19: India records highest ever spike of 2.17 lakh cases

COVID-19 situation continues to deteriorate across the country as there is no holding back to surge in cases. A day after daily cases breached 2-lakh mark, in April 15 India reported 2,17,353 new..

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High-level committee constituted for Eco-Health Initiatives in India: Harsh Vardhan [Video]

High-level committee constituted for Eco-Health Initiatives in India: Harsh Vardhan

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan attended ICMR's 'One Health' symposium on April 12 and announced constitution of a high-level steering committee for Eco-Health Initiatives in India. He said,..

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People's health closely connected with that of animals': Harsh Vardhan [Video]

People's health closely connected with that of animals': Harsh Vardhan

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan attended ICMR's 'One Health' symposium on April 12. He said, "With increased interaction between humans and animals, human health can't be seen in isolation and..

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COVID-19: India reports 1,52,879 new cases, highest ever single-day spike [Video]

COVID-19: India reports 1,52,879 new cases, highest ever single-day spike

India reported 1,52,879 new COVID-19 cases, 90,584 discharges, and 839 deaths in the last 24 hours on April 11. Active cases has mounted to 11,08,087. With 1,33,58,805 total cases, recoveries have..

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With 780 deaths in 24 hours, India sees most COVID deaths in 2021 [Video]

With 780 deaths in 24 hours, India sees most COVID deaths in 2021

As COVID cases are rapidly surging in India, the country reported 1,31,968 new cases on April 09. With this, active cases have reached to 9,79,608. While total cases have mounted to 1,30,60,542 with..

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COVID update: India records highest ever spike with 1.26 lakh new cases [Video]

COVID update: India records highest ever spike with 1.26 lakh new cases

The COVID-19 cases continued to surge in India and 1,26,789 new cases reported in the country on April 08. The country's COVID caseload stood at 1,29,28,574 and currently, there are 9,10,319 active..

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COVID update: India records highest ever spike of 1.15 lakh cases [Video]

COVID update: India records highest ever spike of 1.15 lakh cases

The COVID-19 cases continued to surge in India and 1,15,736 new cases reported in the country on Apr 07. The country's COVID caseload stood at 1,28,01,785 and currently there are 8,43,473 active cases..

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COVID update: 96,982 new cases reported in India [Video]

COVID update: 96,982 new cases reported in India

The COVID-19 cases continued to surge in India and 96,982 new cases reported in the country on Apr 06. The country's COVID caseload stood at 1,26,86,049 and currently there are 7,88,223 active cases in..

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IPL 2021: Tournament to be played with restrictions, without audience, informs Nawab Malik [Video]

IPL 2021: Tournament to be played with restrictions, without audience, informs Nawab Malik

Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Nawab Malik talked about upcoming IPL matches to be conducted in Maharashtra. He said that permission to conduct matches is granted with restrictions but audience will not..

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With over 89k COVID cases, India reports highest spike of 2021 [Video]

With over 89k COVID cases, India reports highest spike of 2021

On April 03, India reported highest COVID-19 spike of 2021 with 89,129 new cases in last 24 hours. The COVID-19 tally mounted to 1,23,92,260 and the active cases stand at 6,58,909. With new 44,202..

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India reports 81,466 new COVID infections, highest in 2021 [Video]

India reports 81,466 new COVID infections, highest in 2021

COVID infections are breaking all records, cases continue to surge in India as the country reported 81,466 new COVID cases in the last 24 hours. Country's total COVID caseload stood at 1,23,03,131...

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Covid: Centre explains 5 steps discussed with States to curb virus spread [Video]

Covid: Centre explains 5 steps discussed with States to curb virus spread

Centre on Saturday spoke on the five steps discussed with the States that have high number of Covid-19 cases. Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that Centre discussed the steps with States to curb..

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