Coronavirus updates for April 29
A team of researchers at IIT Mandi carried out a study that lists eight states, including Delhi, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat, that should not lift the lockdown after May 3. The study also predicts that Kerala and Karnataka are likely to shift from red to blue zone by the beginning of next month. This comes as the number of confirmed coronavirus related deaths in India crossed 1,000. The total number of cases crossed 31,000, according to Worldometer.
Over a month after the lockdown was announced, the Home Ministry has come up with new guidelines, allowing asymptomatic migrant labourers and stranded people to go back home in buses. West Bengal has announced plans to allow partial lifting of restrictions in green and orange zones from Monday, while Punjab has decided to continue with the curfew for two more weeks, albeit with a four-hour relaxation everyday.
India's economic front is in dire straits. While on one hand, IndiGo reversed its decision to not cut April salaries of most employees, SpiceJet told its pilots that they won't be getting any salaries for April and May as the airline industry has been grounded. Swiss Bank UBS has projected that India's economy will contract by 3.1 percent if the lockdown is extended till June-end. Former Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramaniam warned that India should plan for "substantially negative economic growth" as well as finance a Rs 10 trillion economic stimulus package.
Here's a roundup of YourStory's coverage today of how India and the world are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
Chennai-based last-mile delivery startup Boonbox has repurposed its business model due to the coronavirus, and is now supplying essentials in rural areas.
Chennai-based HELYXON has developed AI-enabled tools 98.6 Fever Watch and OXY 2 to allow doctors to monitor patients digitally.
The lockdown due to coronavirus has seen a demand for essential services. Bengaluru-based startup Dunzo observed its average order value increase by 4x.
Amidst the coronavirus lockdown, Indians have been looking up a variety of things online to adapt to the ‘new normal’, which is more homebound, lonely, and limited.
Zoho Corp has launched apps to serve Indian schools, governments, communities, gig workers, and NGOs to redefine their businesses in times of coronavirus lockdown.
The partnership enhances delivery options for Flipkart while Meru drivers have the opportunity of generating additional income amidst coronavirus.
The Fund will support delivery service partners and transportation partners associated with Amazon, and provide financial aid for the month of April 2020.
The Dehradun-based startup is now developing a ventilator, based on frugal engineering for Acute Respiratory Disease Syndrome with pressure and volume controls.
Amid the nationwide lockdown, citizens wishlist mobile phones, trimmers, laptops, and other consumer electronics.
Project Setu was started to battle all kinds of misinformation related to the coronavirus pandemic by ensuring that authentic information reached the masses.
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Telangana Prisons Department is selling face masks and sanitisers under ‘My Nation’ brand.
Apart from fragile mental health conditions, there is also now the pressing concern of salary cuts, no appraisal/KRA, and freelancers being thrown out of work.
Nasscom said the decision to extend the timelines on relaxed norms for other service providers (OSPs) to facilitate 'work from home' will help IT and BPO firms plan their strategy of bringing back workforce to offices, in a gradual and phased manner.
The vaccine will be based on a recombinant avian paramyxovirus-based vector platform, the company said.
Before starting for office, they must review their status on Aarogya Setu app and commute only when it shows 'safe' or 'low risk' status.