Coronavirus updates for April 7
The coronavirus outbreak has shown that even world leaders are not safe from this health crisis. UK's Prime Minister Boris Johnson was placed in intensive care after his health worsened. He was tested positive for the novel coronavirus a few days ago and had been self-isolating.
India reported 13 deaths and 508 more positive cases in the last 24 hours. According to Worldometers, the number of positive cases jumped to over 5,000 across India, with around 150 deaths reported.
India approved the export of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug touted as being a potential means of treatment for coronavirus patients. This comes after US President Donald Trump threatened of "retaliation" if India did not lift the ban on the export of the drugs. On the other hand, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for sending medicines on a special chartered flight.
Across the world, leaders signalled a possible flattening of the curve. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the number of people being admitted to hospitals was decreasing. Meanwhile, China lifted the lockdown off the city of Wuhan — where the coronavirus originated — after the country reported zero deaths for the first time since January.
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 Shradha Sharma, Founder and CEO, YourStory, Anu Acharya, Founder and CEO of Mapmygenome, and Rajat Garg, Co-founder of My Upchar, discuss the bottlenecks around the coronavirus testing process in India.
In a video interview with Shradha Sharma, Founder and CEO, YourStory, Yashish Dahiya, Founder and Group CEO of fintech giant PolicyBazaar, talks about what startups need to focus on to survive the coronavirus-led downturn, and why they need strong cash reserves.
Bengaluru-based ride-hailing unicorn Ola's policy research and social innovation think-tank, Ola Mobility Institute, has released a report that says gig workers and platforms must be leveraged to manage the crisis, fast-track recovery, and build resilience.
Ola has enabled over 200+ hospitals in Bengaluru. The service is to enable medical trips that are non-coronavirus and do not require an ambulance.
Rapido is also in talks with Grofers, Dunzo, and FreshtoHome for a similar association.
As the online travel bookings startup looks for ways to improve its financial condition, it is putting together a group of senior leaders to find alternate employment opportunities for its staff opting for PVRS.
To constrain virality and place limits on how people can send messages amid the coronavirus pandemic, WhatsApp is allowing users to get more information about such messages.
ICRA says operating margins of two-wheeler manufacturers in India are set to drop from 14 percent last year (FY 2019-20) to 11.5 to 12 percent.
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StanPlus focusses on supporting the patients in emergency and non-emergency situations by helping them reach the hospital in time.
From making face masks to rescuing stranded Indians abroad, these women’s efforts are helping people during this coronavirus pandemic.
Indian auto majors pool in to help fight the coronavirus pandemic by making ventilators, face shields, and masks, while also donating money to PM and CM relief funds.
In the light of the coronavirus epidemic, the two companies said the face masks offer a three-layer particle filtration system as a shield against particulates and microbes.
To help children achieve their academic goals with as little disruption as possible, Cuemath, an after-school maths excellence programme, has made its entire course material for Grades I to X free to access online.
In Bengaluru, the Jain community distributed 51,000 food packets on Mahaveer Jayanti. While in Rajkot, volunteers of AYSG served over four lakh rotis.
The new curriculum will focus on e-learning and school-home collaboration.
Due to political tensions with China, Taiwan’s progress in tackling the coronavirus outbreak does not get much media mention. Here are insider perspectives on Taiwan’s successful approach, and personal takes on coping with the crisis.
Hiring activity during March declined by 18 percent compared to the same month in 2019, following the nationwide lockdown to tackle the coronavirus crisis.
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has pledged monthly ration to support one lakh households of daily wage workers belonging to the All India Film Employees Confederation amid the coronavirus pandemic.
IIT Guwahati has developed a low-cost LED-based machine for disinfecting the floors at hospitals, buses, and trains to aid the fight against coronavirus, and will be available for Rs 1,000.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a five-point action plan to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the national capital.
PM Modi has indicated a phased emergence from the lockdown and said that "a graded plan to slowly open departments where hotspots aren't existing should be made".
Dunzo's no-contact delivery will ensure that Britannia essentials are delivered safely and securely to users across Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Gurugram, Jaipur, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Chennai.
According to Haptik, more than 55 million messages have been sent by over 20 million users since the chatbot was launched by the government on March 20.
The Railways control office has been doing 24x7 monitoring of four communication platforms: helplines 139, 138, social media (Twitter, ) and email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Facebook on Monday said it is providing anonymous data about users' movements and relationships to help researchers better anticipate where the coronavirus might spread.
Sales of FMCG companies went up due to uptick in demand by panicked consumers, who over-stocked essential products and commodities in view of coronavirus threat, but this may be neutralised by a drop in levels in stock-in-trade due to potential supply chain disruptions, said KPMG in a report.
India's growth could slip below three percent in the current fiscal if coronavirus proliferates within India, lockdown extended, and the global economy slips into recession, a KPMG report said.
The fresh resources will enable San Francisco-based Airbnb to invest in its community of hosts and local experiences along with stays in homes, says Airbnb Co-founder and Chief Brian Chesky.
Vice President M, Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the World Health Day is an opportunity to reaffirm our gratitude towards all doctors, nurses, medical staff, and healthcare workers leading the battle against COVID-19.