Coronavirus updates for April 6
The coronavirus pandemic has not only put essential services under stress but has also forced governments around the world to take proactive measures.
The cabinet approved an ordinance slashing the salaries and allowances of the PM and MPs by 30 percent for a cut. The President, Vice-President, and state governors have also voluntarily decided to take a pay cut. The ordinance also proposed to discontinue MPLAD funds for two years.
Finance Ministry has stated that it will come up with a second economic relief package, which will most probably be announced by the end of the lockdown. FM Nirmala Sitharaman had earlier announced a Rs 1.7 lakh crore relief package in the form of food grains and cash transfers for the poor.
Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar is now going back to work as a doctor as the country recalls thousands of retired healthcare workers to deal with the crisis. His neighbour, UK's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who had tested positive for COVID-19, was hospitalised after his condition failed to improve.
Across the world, the number of positive COVID-19 cases crossed 1.3 million, with over 73,000 deaths reported. In India, the numbers have risen to over 4,600 cases and 129 deaths, according to Worldometer.
Here's a roundup of YourStory's coverage today of how India and the world are dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.
Vivek Sunder, COO, Swiggy, speaks to YourStory’s Shradha Sharma about how the delivery service is ensuring India isn’t inconvenienced during the COVID-19 lockdown.
In a conversation with YourStory's Shradha Sharma, K Ganesh, promoter of Bigbasket, Venkat Narayana, CEO of Prestige Group, and Juggy Marwaha of JLL spoke about what motivated them to start the initiative amid the coronavirus outbreak and what helped them to rapidly scale across five cities.
In a conversation with YourStory’s Shradha Sharma, Professor K Vijayraghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, talks about how the newly-launched Aarogya Setu app is playing a key role in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic with the help of tech and public participation.
In conversation with YourStory’s Shradha Sharma, Dr Chirag Pandya, Co-founder and CEO, AmpliGene India, shares how their test kit uses a novel enzyme which can bring down COVID-19 test time drastically.
Mylab's team of scientists was led by the woman scientist who received praise for working on the test kits despite being in her last stage of pregnancy.
Flipkart and Uber will be delivering essentials across three cities – Bengaluru, Mumbai and Delhi – amidst the ongoing lockdown due to coronavirus.
Coronavirus-led lockdowns have paused public movement across the globe. India reported a 47 percent to 77 percent drop in trips to most places, according to Google.
The initiative to support students to learn from home during coronavirus outbreak receives overwhelming response from metros and non-metros, BYJU'S said.
In times of coronavirus, Clappia's platform helps make complex process apps as easy as Excel sheets, reducing time and cost – for the applicants and authorities.
As an immediate measure, Haqdarshak will be putting together an infographics package with easy-to-understand details about the Indian government's relief packages.
The coronavirus-induced lockdown is making consumers spend more time on their smartphones. India and Brazil led app downloads in Q1 2020.
Startups are likely to face certain tough choices when economic activity has literally ground to a halt, and this would require some skilful tactics from the founders to navigate through the coronavirus crisis.
Remote working environment has thrown fresh challenges to startups, and founders need to have a very proactive approach to retain the vibrancy of the organisation.
As corporates and startups stare at a coronavirus-led recession, CorpGini is organising a one-week virtual summit to facilitate partnerships, pre-empt challenges, prioritise problems, and find solutions.
Indian police are finding unique ways to keep people indoors during the lockdown, through innovative messages of hope
A group of VCs have come out with certain guidelines, which are useful for startup founders to internally restructure their business to survive the impact of coronavirus
Associate Professor Geeta Rai and her students have developed a novel test method that can detect coronavirus within 4 to 6 hours.
The founders have to fill a form and provide details to qualify for the SIDBI funding and have to prove that they have a good business model.
The ventilators have been tested at a medical lab at Ahmedabad Civil Hospital, and are being used on patients since Saturday.
India switched off lights and lit candles, diyas, or turned on phone torches to show the nation's collective resolve in its fight against COVID-19. Here's what nine minutes of solidarity at the homes of the country's most popular celebrities looked like.
Bengaluru-based Sangama is delivering grocery kits worth Rs 2000 to sex workers and transgender persons.
Tough times call for tough entrepreneurs and here is what you need to do in this hour of crisis even as businesses across the world grapple with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
Amid the coronavirus-led recession, the best way to use your marketing budget would be to focus on brand-building campaigns that impact sales in the long term.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has revolutionised several industries, and HR is no different. Several companies are now using AI-led products for hiring and recruitment. But how good are these innovations?
Stress leads to panic and, in turn, to the slow and steady growth of anxiety disorders and depression that can actually debilitate people’s lives. Here's how you can keep sane during the time of coronavirus.
PM Narendra Modi, all union ministers, and over 750 MPs will take a 30 percent salary cut for a year to fund the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Walmart India, which operates in the cash-and-carry format, on Monday said it is encouraging its members to buy online to avoid the rush on the streets amid the rise of coronavirus cases in the country.
GCPL expects a shift in consumer habits and preferences impacted by the coronavirus pandemic with a greater focus on health, hygiene and protection.
The net worth of India's richest man Mukesh Ambani dropped 28 percent or $300 million a day for two months to $48 billion as on March 31 due to the massive correction in stock markets over coronavirus pandemic, a report said.
AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria on Monday reportedly said that "localised community transmission" has been seen in some pockets, and that India is between Stage 2 (local transmission of coronavirus) and Stage 3.
Alcoholic beverages maker Pernod Ricard India on Monday pledged Rs 15 crore support to boost healthcare facilities in the country to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Bacardi has started production of hand sanitizers at its co-packing facility in Telangana, which will be distributed primarily to district government hospitals amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The cascading effect of the global coronavirus pandemic is crippling the country's tourism and hospitality industry at an "astonishing pace", the Indian Chamber of Commerce said.
Google said in a statement it is working closely with state and central government authorities to surface the locations of these relief centres.
PepsiCo partners with Akshaya Patra Foundation for distribution of cooked meals, and with Smile Foundation to provide dry food ration to support meals for over 8,000 vulnerable families impacted by the pandemic.
The COVID-19 virus can stick to stainless steel and plastic surfaces for up to four days, and to the outer layer of a face mask for a week.
HCL Technologies has set up a control centre for the Gautam Buddh Nagar district administration to help respond to citizens' queries about coronavirus.
The EPFO has also allowed its subscribers to withdraw three months basic pay and dearness allowance as a non-refundable advance on the ground of coronavirus lockdown.
Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant has written to over 92,000 NGOs appealing them to assist the government in identifying coronavirus hotspots and delivering services to vulnerable groups.
Co-working segment is facing a challenging time post-lockdown, with operators getting requests for rental waivers as well as cancellation of lease agreements from their clients, especially startups, freelancers, and small enterprises.
Officials of the finance ministry, banks, and other public sector financial entities have contributed Rs 430.63 crore towards the PM-CARES Fund to help fight coronavirus.
Infosys Co-founder Narayana Murthy-backed Acko General Insurance has launched an AI-based COVID-19 symptom checker and will provide free doctor consultation on call.
The Indian Railways has developed a low-cost ventilator, Jeevan, at its Kapurthala Rail Coach Factory that could save thousands of lives at a time the country is grappling with a shortage of the medical equipment in its fight against coronavirus.
PM Narendra Modi had urged people to switch off lights and light up lamps, candles or mobile phone torches for nine minutes at 9 pm on Sunday to display the country's 'collective resolve' to defeat coronavirus. The power supply ramp-down and ramp-up was very smooth, with no disruptions.
The Finance Ministry is working on a second relief package for the Indian economy hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak and the 21-day nationwide lockdown imposed to curb the contagion, sources said.
(Edited by Suman Singh)