• A pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan, China was first reported to the WHO Country Office in China on 31 December 2019. 

• WHO is working 24/7 to analyse data, provide advice, coordinate with partners, help countries prepare, increase supplies and manage expert networks.

• The outbreak was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020. 

• The international community has asked for US$675 million to help protect states with weaker health systems as part of its Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan. 

• On 11 February 2020, WHO announced a name for the new coronavirus disease: COVID-19.



Please go to the following link for updated precaution measures against Covid-19.

Ministry of Human Resource Development India:

Ministry of Human Resource Development India:

World Health Organisation :


Also Refer the following Updates:

S.No.Scheme NameDescriptionLink
1. COVID-19 Initiatives by IITsView
2. COVID-19 Support through R&D by IIITs (CFTI & PPP)View
3.IMPRINT (Impacting Research in Technology)Projects on socially relevant science and engineering challenges.
Funding model: 50% MHRD + 50% Other ministries
4.UAY (Ucchatar Avishkar Yojana)Projects to promote innovation of a higher order that directly impacts the needs of the industries.
Funding model: 50% MHRD + 25% Industry +25% other ministries 
5.Research ParksBeing set up at 7 Research parks. They will serve the following purposes: Collaborative R & D; act as Center of Excellence; will work on National Mission Projects and set up Laboratories, Incubation Hub, Research cum Academic Hub; and act as a center for Technology development and transfer.
Research Parks to be set up at following Institutes: IIT Guwahati, IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Bombay, IIT Hyderbad and IISc 
6.FAST (Training and Research in Frontier Areas)36 Centers of Excellence have been set up under FAST Scheme which focuses on frontier research topics.View
7.GIAN (Global Initiative of Academic Network)Short courses (1-2 weeks) are taken up by international faculty in Indian InstitutesView
8.SPARC (Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration)Research collaboration with foreign institutes in top-500 QS-2020 World University Ranking or in the top-200 QS-2019 World University RankingView
9.NIDI (National Initiative for Design Innovation)Scheme to set up Design Innovation Centers (DICs), Open Design School (ODS)& National Design Innovation Network (NDIN) for making Indian industry globally competitive.View
10.IMPRESS (Impactful Policy Research in Social Sciences)Research projects in policy domains such as: State and Democracy, Urban Transformation, Media, Culture and SocietyView
11.STARS (Scheme for Transformational and Advanced Research in Sciences)Socially relevant research, the following 6 basic thrust areas have been identified: Physics, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Nanosciences, Data Sciences & Mathematics and Earth Sciences.View
12.STRIDE (Scheme for Trans-disciplinary Research for India’s Developing Economy)Support high impact research in thrust areas of humanities and human sciences including arts, Indian languages, culture and knowledge systems and add new disciplines for researchView