Coronavirus updates for May 22
According to Worldometer, the number of coronavirus cases in India crossed 123,000, with over 3,600 deaths reported. India saw its biggest single-day spike with 6,088 cases reported in 24 hours. The Centre said that 80 percent of all COVID-19 deaths have been in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, and Delhi.
RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said that the GDP growth in 2020-21 was expected to be negative. He also stated that India is seeing a collapse of demand and investments are thinning out. Both electricity and petroleum consumption have fallen. RBI also extended the three-month moratorium on loan repayments till August.
Many industries and sectors are unveiling plans to open up. The International Cricket Council published guidelines for the safe resumption of cricket, which includes creating a testing plan for players. Maharashtra said that it was looking into the possibility of whether film and TV shoots can resume. Many domestic airlines also opened their bookings for the resumption of flights from May 25.
The pandemic is having an effect on other health issues as, according to the World Health Organisation, an estimated 80 million infants may have missed out on vaccines. A study of nearly 100,000 coronavirus patients has shown no benefit in treating them with anti-viral drug hydroxychloroquine. Meanwhile, Africa has reached 100,000 coronavirus cases, according to Africa Centre for Disease Control. Scientists in South Africa warn that the country may see up to 50,000 deaths and three million cases by the end of the day.
Here's a roundup of YourStory's coverage today of how India and the world are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
YourStory’s Pivot and Persist series spotlights Indian startups that are pivoting to seize new business opportunities, transforming their business models and offerings to navigate the current COVID-19 crisis.
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TBD has been supporting the efforts of entrepreneurs developing technologies that include thermal scanners, medical devices, masks and diagnostic kits for COVID-19.
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The plan aims to help housing societies go contactless by minimising social interactions within the community via the MyGate app, post the coronavirus lockdown.
With gyms shut, at least for the foreseeable future, Bollywood stars are sharing ways to stay physically and mentally healthy during the lockdown.
Based out of New Delhi, KNMA is keeping art lovers engaged with artwork, and a Mask-a-thon competition during the lockdown.
Rahul Rai has been helping and rescuing many migrants in the city during the coronavirus lockdown.
Industry 4.0 concentrates on the end-to-end digitalisation of all physical assets and their integration into digital ecosystems with value chain partners.
With the supply chain and logistics industries facing the brunt of the coronavirus lockdown, retailers can use technology to fight the impact and aim for business as usual.
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The amount of payments received by merchants recorded in Paytm's e-ledger service Business Khata has crossed Rs 1,500 crore in about four months.
As a result of this moratorium, individuals' EMI repayments of loans taken were not deducted from their bank accounts, providing much-needed liquidity. The EMI payments will restart only once the moratorium time period expires on August 31.
The industry said more support will be required on an ongoing basis both from the RBI and government to stimulate economic growth amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Starting May 22, the bus service will operate to multiple destinations in Uttar Pradesh, amid nationwide lockdown triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.