‘To say that the worst is over will not be fair' – 15 quotes of the week from India’s COVID-19 struggle

In this compilation, we present thought-provoking quotes from the week of October 18-24 that frame India’s battle with the coronavirus pandemic.
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Launched in 2014, StoryBites is a weekly feature from YourStory, featuring notable quotable quotes in our articles of this past week. This special series of compilations focuses on India’s COVID-19 struggle (see last week’s post here). Share these quotes and excerpts with your networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights.

The pandemic has only exacerbated the affordable housing crisis, with rising demand as well as material costs. - Patrick Kelley, Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter

The global COVID-19 pandemic proved to be devastating as food supply chains across the globe were disrupted due to movement restrictions and safety concerns. - Amit Sinha, Unnati

COVID-19 created a multitude of massive challenges for exporters. They had to quickly move to a completely digital way of selling and meeting new buyers and faced acute labor shortages and shipping delays. - Divyaanshu Makkar, Sourcewiz

To say that the worst is over will not be fair because we have seen in other nations there have been more than two waves. - V K Paul, COVID Task Force chief

This COVID-19 pandemic made our family even poorer, and our economic status is declining by the day. We were victimised by so many micro-loans and debts. - Suba Shree

The COVID-19 pandemic has helped [newsletter creators] by creating a more digitally demanding reader — a theme unlikely to change. - Priyam Sharma, The Jurni

Only a certain section of people ordered online which has changed. Today, it has become a necessity which has led to the [garments] sector booming. - Ashwini Seth, Dennison Garments

India is the world’s third-largest tech startup ecosystem which, despite the pandemic, continues to grow steadily at 8-10 percent annually, especially in the technology domain. - Rohini Srivathsa, Microsoft India

COVID-19 itself has given us a lot of credit variables that we were not traditionally looking at, and now, it has become very important for us to look into. - Madhusudan Ekambaram, KreditBee

The world has been operating from home for the last one and a half years. The need of the hour is to be in a city that is completely urban and affordable at the same time. - Govind Agrawal, Anaxee

The pandemic has established that the future of collaboration is video. - Aditya Pisupati, Ving Hybrid

The post-COVID exponential increase in screen time across age groups has led to the surge in demand for affordable eyeglasses, especially from new-age consumers from smaller towns, which are driving the revolution. - Shivi Singh, ClearDekho

Despite the initial pandemic-induced disruptions, hotels have begun to revive business as people gradually begin to resume traveling. - Sibasish Mishra, BookingJini

YourStory has also published the pocketbook ‘Proverbs and Quotes for Entrepreneurs: A World of Inspiration for Startups’ as a creative and motivational guide for innovators (downloadable as apps here: Apple, Android).

Edited by Megha Reddy

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