Coronavirus updates for May 18

By Kanishk Singh|18th May 2020
Here's a roundup of YourStory's coverage today of how India and the world are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
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As India enters the fourth phase of the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, India Inc. is undergoing mass layoffs. Bengaluru foodtech unicorn Swiggy will layoff 1,100 employees — around 14 percent of its staff — over the next few days as the prolonged closure of restaurants has impacted the food delivery business. WeWork India will also lay off 100 people to cut its operational costs.


The BSE Sensex crashed 1,069 points following the extension of the lockdown, while Nifty50 closed below 8,850. According to Goldman Sachs, India will experience its deepest recession in history, with the GDP set to contract by 45 percent in the second quarter of 2020.


The number of coronavirus cases in India crossed 97,000, as the number of deaths hit the 3,000 mark, according to Worldometer. According to the Health Ministry, India has about 7.1 confirmed COVID-19 cases per lakh population. Many states including Delhi, West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, and Uttar Pradesh have come out with their own set of guidelines after the Centre announced Lockdown 4.0 measures yesterday. Meanwhile, CBSE released rescheduled board exam schedule for Class X and Class XII, with students orders to carry sanitisers and masks to examination centres.


The Indian Council of Medical Research issued a revised guideline for COVID-19 testing. Now, all patients showing symptoms of severe acute respiratory infection, migrant workers returning to home states, hospitalised patients who develop symptoms, and asymptomatic individuals with high-risk contacts will be tested.


The migrant crisis intensified in parts of India. In Ahmedabad, nearly 100 migrant workers pelted stones at the police and demanded to be allowed to return to their native places. In Ghaziabad, social distancing measures took a backseat as thousands gathered to secure passes to board Shramik trains to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Over 6,000 migrant workers protested in UP's Saharanpur and said that they were stuck on the road for several days without food and water.


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Karnataka CM B S Yediyiurapa on Monday announced that buses of all four state-run road transport corporations would ply from Tuesday with all precautionary measures in place.


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The WHA is also expected to delve into pooling in additional resources to deal with the pandemic that has killed over 310,000 people and infected nearly 4.7 million, besides wrecking the global economy.


Edited by Suman Singh

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