Coronavirus updates for March 31
A new cluster of coronavirus infections emerged in Delhi as 24 people tested positive, who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat religious congregation from March 13 to March 15. The high number of COVID-19 cases caused a scare as, according to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, over 400 people, who had been staying at the Markaz Nizamuddin mosque, displayed symptoms of coronavirus.
While a case has been filed against the mosque's administration, several states are now trying to track down individuals who attended the religious gathering, which also saw the participation of around 2,100 foreigners, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs.
At the same time, Telangana reported six deaths and over 40 infections directly or indirectly linked to the event. Several cases in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Andaman and Nicobar Islands have been linked to the gathering.
The total number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 1,397, with 35 reported deaths, even as the country is under a 21-day nationwide lockdown.
Meanwhile, several celebrities, including Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas and Katrina Kaif among others, donated to the PM-CARES Fund constituted to fight the coronavirus outbreak in the country. Bharati Enterprises pledged over Rs 100 crore to support India's fight against the pandemic.
Then, Infosys also committed Rs 100 crore towards relief efforts. This comes after Corporate Affairs Secretary Injeti Srinivas made an appeal to chiefs of top companies to contribute towards PM-CARES Fund.
The number of coronavirus cases all over the world crossed 800,000, with the total number of deaths nearing 40,000, according to Worldometers.
Here's a roundup of YourStory's coverage today of how India and the world are dealing with the coronavirus outbreak:
In a conversation with YourStory Founder and CEO Shradha Sharma, Abhiraj Singh Bhal, Co-founder of Urban Company, talks about the startup’s three-stage economic plan to help its vendors cope with the countrywide lockdown in place to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.
Ola announced that it is introducing interest-free micro-credit loans for driver partners through fintech startup Avail Finance to tide over any financial crisis arising out of the coronavirus lockdown.
Swiggy announced that it has set up a relief fund called 'Swiggy Hunger Savior Covid Relief fund', which will be used towards ensuring the safety and welfare of its delivery partners and their families.
YourStory speaks to Paytm Mall Senior VP Srinivas Mothey to understand how the ecommerce platform is adapting to the increased demand during the coronavirus lockdown in the country.
With Indians taking the social distancing route, online gaming startups such as Gamerji, Rein Games, Adda52Rummy, and Poker Dangal are seeing increased traction.
Dr Velumani A, the Founder of Mumbai-based diagnostics company Thyrocare, in conversation with YourStory, talks about the key challenges India is facing when it comes to testing for coronavirus and how we can collectively work to overcome them.
Airbnb said will create a $10 million ‘Superhost Relief Fund’ designed for superhosts who rent out their homes and need help to pay their rent or mortgage.
T N Hari, Head of Human Resource, Bigbasket discusses the economic impact of COVID-19 throughout the world with Paul Alapat, Chief Product Officer, Acuity Partners.
Paytm Mall says there are over 100,000 orders placed by customers which are yet to be processed by sellers due to the restrictions announced by the government in view of the coronavirus outbreak
AI startup Staqu Technologies has adapted its product, JARVIS, to identify people flouting social distancing norms, measure body temperature, and help doctors monitor patients. It is also working to help put delivery of essentials back on track.
The coronavirus pandemic, apart from bringing in a time of uncertainty, has saddled homemakers with an additional workload: a working spouse and children at home 24/7. They are rising to the challenge, and how.
Amid the coronavirus-led lockdown, Chandigarh University in Gharuan is distributing cooked meals twice a day to the poor and needy of six neighbouring villages.
The United Foundation started distributing Mercy Kits and set up Mercy Kitchens soon after the lockdown was announced.
The economic cost of the COVID-19 outbreak is far reaching and the Indian wedding has not been spared. A look at how the space is affected in these unprecedented times.
In this exclusive first-person account, we get an insider’s view on the impact of COVID-19 on Japan, responses to the crisis, and how people are coping with ‘the new normal’.
Infosys Foundation has announced a commitment of Rs 100 crore to fight the coronavirus crisis. The funds will be used for expansion of hospital capacity, enabling hospital stays for COVID-19 patients, and to provide ventilators, testing kits, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
"This initiative has been rolled out in partnership with hotel chains and independent hotels that are pitching in to support our healthcare heroes across 26 states and four Union Territories", MakeMyTrip said in a statement.
Bharti Enterprises and its companies Bharti Airtel, Bharti Infratel, and others are contributing a sum of over Rs 100 crore in India's fight against coronavirus
Auto components major Bharat Forge, the flagship company of Kalyani Group, and other group firms on Tuesday pledged Rs 25 crore contribution to the Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Uber is providing a new service UberMedic to transport frontline healthcare workers and help the government contain the spread of the novel coronavirus in India.
Facebook said Monday it was donating $100 million to support news organisations globally hurting from the coronavirus pandemic, citing the need for reliable information about the crisis.
Corporate Affairs Secretary Injeti Srinivas made an appeal to chiefs of top 1,000 companies in terms of market capitalisation for contributions to PM-CARES fund.
Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) tool that may accurately predict which patients newly infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 would go on to develop severe respiratory disease.
Despite the impact of coronavirus, Xiaomi says, to date, its supply capacity has recovered to 90 per cent of normal levels and the company is seeing light at the end of the tunnel in China.
Trade and investment ministers of the G20 group have agreed to ensure fair trade and continued flow of vital medicines as well as other essential goods to tackle COVID-19 pandemic.
Using tobacco and drinking alcohol to cope with boredom during the coronavirus lockdown can affect immunity as well as mental health, the Union Health Ministry said.
Actor Priyanka Chopra, her popstar-husband Nick Jonas, Katrina Kaif among others on Tuesday pledged contributions to various relief funds aimed at combating the coronavirus pandemic in the country.