Coronavirus Statistics India, Covid-19 Cases and Deaths in India on July 8 Highlights: As India battles the coronavirus pandemic, there is a change of guard at the Union Health Ministry. As part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mega Cabinet expansion, Mansukh Mandaviya has replaced Dr Harsh Vardhan as India’s new health minister. It is the most crucial portfolio at the moment. While there is fear and concern of another wave of coronavirus infections, the situation regarding the new vaccination programme also remains worrisome. At a time when India is trying to find her way to ramp up the inoculation drive, all eyes will be on Mandaviya. It’s a very tough road for the Rajya Sabha lawmaker, who is known for taking long and arduous ‘padyatras’. Awarded by the United Nations for his role in spreading awareness about menstrual hygiene, Mandaviya has a strong connection with rural India.
The Union cabinet Thursday approved a Rs 23,123-crore financial package for improving health infrastructure in the country to fight the Covid pandemic. Addressing a press conference here after the first meeting of the Union cabinet following its reshuffle on Wednesday, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said the package will be implemented over the next nine months till March 2022. Mandaviya said this is the second phase of the Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package as the Central government had given Rs 15,000 crore earlier for setting up Covid-dedicated hospitals and health centres across the country. | Read More
Meanwhile, as the nations and pharma companies struggle with the frantic demand for vaccines, the novel coronavirus is mutating at an even faster rate. At present, the Delta variant, which was first identified in India, is dominating the current surge across the world. But other variants such as Lambda and Epsilon are also becoming a new headache for researchers.
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