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Union Health, HRD Minister inaugurate Drug Discovery Hackathon

In a bid to identify a drug to cure the coronavirus, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan along with Union Human Resource Development Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Thursday launched ‘Drug Discovery Hackathon’ through video conferencing.

“I shall be inaugurating the Drug Discovery Hackathon 2020′ along with my cabinet colleague HRD Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank Ji today, via video conferencing. Minister of State, HRD, Sanjay Dhotre Ji will also be present on the occasion,” the minister tweeted.

“Visualised by PM Shri Narendra Modi Ji, the #DrugDiscoveryHackathon 2020′ is a unique approach to identify COVID-19 drug,” he added.

India’s COVID-19 tally breached the 6 lakh cases mark with 19,148 new coronavirus cases being reported in the last 24 hours, informed the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday.

The total cases now stand at 604,641, of which there are 226,947 active cases while 359,860 patients have been cured/discharged/migrated.

Around 434 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours taking the number of COVID-19 deaths in the country to 17,834. – DNA

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