Coronavirus updates for April 2
India saw a sharp increase in new coronavirus cases, with over 400 of them being linked to the Tablighi Jamaat religious gathering at Nizamuddin Markaz, Delhi. The total number of coronavirus positive cases have shot up to 2,341, with 68 deaths reported, according to Worldometers.
Meanwhile, a video of Madhya Pradesh healthcare workers and civic officials being attacked in Indore went viral on social media. The staff, including two female doctors who got injured in the attack, had visited a neighbourhood to screen residents for signs of novel coronavirus infection. In other news, thousands of devotees reportedly flouted the 21-day nationwide lockdown to celebrate Ram Navami in West Bengal. Two state ministers were also seen celebrating the festival in Telangana.
In the US, a record 6.6 million people applied for unemployment benefits, highlighting the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the world economy. President Donald Trump noted that up to two lakh lives might be lost due to the disease, with more people expected to die than in the world wars. The US has the highest number of COVID-19 cases — over a fifth of the total cases in the world.
As per Worldometers, 50,000 people have already died due to complications from COVID-19, as the number of total cases near one million.
Here's a roundup of YourStory's coverage today of how India and the world are dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.
C-CAMP's COVID-19 Innovations Deployment Accelerator is helping startups build products to fight coronavirus. CEO and Director Taslimarif Saiyed, along with five founders working on these innovations, talk about how they're working together to battle this pandemic.
Aarogya Setu is a location-based coronavirus tracker developed by MeitY and is available in multiple Indian languages. Here is how the app works.
Shradha Sharma, Founder & CEO of YourStory, talks to TN Hari, Head of HR, BigBasket.
Touted as "King of the Quarantine Economy", Zoom's user-base is rapidly growing since the world started working from home to battle the coronavirus pandemic.
Startups from the metros might have been well-equipped to deal with a lockdown. But how is the entrepreneurial ecosystem from Tier II and Tier III cities of India dealing with the coronavirus-led economic slowdown?
Gurugram-headquartered hospitality firm OYO says its group CEO Ritesh Agarwal will forego his salary for the rest of the year in view of coronavirus outbreak, and that all employees in India will continue to receive their salaries and benefits without any interruptions during the lockdown period.
In order to serve its consumers during the current coronavirus lockdown, the foodtech unicorn has launched Zomato Market for online grocery services.
The winning startup will get a grant of Rs 10 lakh and production support from MG Motor.
Uber has announced a new last-mile delivery service and is partnering with BigBasket as its first client to collectively address the growing needs of consumers to access everyday essentials amid the nationwide lockdown.
Mumbai-based 3D printer startup Boson Machines is manufacturing face shields to help healthcare professionals stay safe while dealing with coronavirus patients.
Pristyn Care has partnered with over 50 laboratories across Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Chennai and Hyderabad to conduct COVID-19 tests.
In a video interview with Shradha Sharma, Founder and CEO, YourStory, Mohammed Imthiaz, Co-founder and CEO, Raaho (Quick Digital Technologies), talks about the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the logistics sector and its cascading effect on the lives of the people in the industry.
The company will donate four lakh hazmat medical protective suits and masks to protect doctors and frontline medical workers in India.
Gold Support Fund is to support restaurant workers facing the possibility of losing livelihoods due to the lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, says Zomato.
With the COVID-19 lockdown in place, smog has given way to blue skies, waterways are seeing more marine life, and pollution levels have dropped to a large extent.
Internshala Trainings will be providing free access to its courses for children of healthcare workers, as a token of gratitude for their tireless efforts in containing coronavirus outbreak.
Following a dairy farming crisis, Kerala government has decided to supply surplus milk to those in need.
As the world reels under the effect of the coronavirus pandemic, India is under a countrywide lockdown. Here’s how the ecommerce industry is faring.
The novel coronavirus has taken over the world. Markets have fallen, economies have come to a halt. Each country is dealing with the pandemic in its own way. Here’s how Sweden is battling COVID-19.
The COVID-19 global pandemic has confined millions to their homes as they juggle work, household chores, and looking after their children. Here is a guide to staying sane and safe during this period.
Employing the ancient wisdom of Heraclitus, considered to be the world’s first ‘creativity teacher’, here is a simple yet effective survival toolkit for startups to navigate through choppy waters.
The coronavirus test kit by Mylab Discovery Solutions was the first 'Made in India' kit to receive commercial approval from the CDSC.
Flipkart-owned PhonePe says it has launched a coronavirus hospitalisation insurance policy, called 'Corona Care', in partnership with Bajaj Allianz General Insurance.
Global professional network LinkedIn on Thursday said it will offer free job postings to companies in healthcare, supermarket, warehousing, freight delivery, and disaster relief nonprofits, to accelerate the hiring process for critical roles to fight COVID-19.
The global economy could shrink by up to one percent in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a reversal from the previous forecast of 2.5 percent growth, the UN has said.
To tackle the shortage of masks and sanitisers due to coronavirus pandemic, 853 women SHGs in Chattisgarh are helping in manufacturing these items at affordable prices.
Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant says there is a need to build a manufacturing base for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and ventilators not only for the COVID-19 outbreak but for the future as well.
Delhi's dedicated COVID-19 helpline on WhatsApp is to ensure that citizens have easy access to credible information around the coronavirus crisis.
Paralympic medallist Deepa Malik and her daughter Devika Malik have started an initiative called 'Happy Janata Kitchen' to provide cooked meals to daily wagers in Kanpur amidst the coronavirus lockdown.