Govt launches website dedicated to information on COVID-19

The Government of India launched the ‘CovidGyan’ portal on April 13, granting public access to vital information and scientific facts regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, to share authentic, verified news and updates

April 13, 2020

The portal covers relevant information on the coronavirus, including transmission dynamics and technological innovations to fight its spread

The portal also raises public awareness on the importance of social distancing and navigating fake news surrounding the pandemic

The ‘CovidGyan’ platform is a collaborative initiative between the country’s leading scientific institutions and research organisations

India has announced a US$22.5 billion relief package to support the most vulnerable sections of the society battle the impact of the crisis

The Government of India launched the ‘CovidGyan’ portal on April 3, granting public access to vital information and scientific facts regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, to share authentic, verified news and updates. As per the Ministry of Science and Technology, the portal covers a range of relevant information, including the specifics of the coronavirus, its transmission dynamics, and the technological innovations employed to fight its spread. Besides, the portal carries vital information on the importance of social distancing and critically assessing communications and sensationalist news around the crisis.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the world, India’s top scientists, engineers, and medical professionals are working together to improve our collective understanding of the virus and its impact. The ‘CovidGyan’ portal serves as a collaborative effort to collate vital information for public awareness, initiated by the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), and Tata Memorial Centre (TMC). The portal has also brought together prominent partners from India’s scientific fraternity, including Vigyan Prasar, IndiaBioscience, and experts on stem cell research and biotechnology from the Bangalore Life Science Cluster.

As on April 14, at the time of the first nationwide lockdown ending, around 10,500 people in India had tested positive for COVID-19, while over 350 casualties were reported in the nation of 1.3 billion. Apart from providing comprehensive healthcare assistance to the citizens, India has announced a US$22.5 billion relief package to help the most vulnerable sections of the society ride out the crisis. 

Through the newly established Invest India Business Immunity Platform, entrepreneurs and businesses will gain access to developments with respect to the virus, special provisions for issue redressal, and the latest information on various Central and State Government initiatives. Additionally, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) in the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, has launched a help desk to assist with any COVID-19 related export and import issue.