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 Ashwajit Singh

India’s declining test positivity rate indicates Covid-19 is being contained

In many parts of the country, the test positivity ratio has seen a considerable dip in the last few weeks. This clearly indicates that those parts have passed the peak for now, however, it does not indicate that worse is over.

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'Start reopening schools gradually with staggered classes'

Staggered classes and increasing school time, few classes on a given day would help in tackling most of the issues. Online classes can barely help children remain afloat which is why it is important to gradually and responsibly start opening of schools.

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India-US health cooperation may retain momentum despite verdict

India has the third-largest number of people with HIV, vulnerable populations that lack access to basic health care, and more than 39 million Indians fall into poverty each year due to medical costs.

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110 million samples tested, but experts say not enough

India on Monday crossed the milestone of having conducted 110 million covid-19 tests, but public health experts warned this wasn’t enough and that India needs to scale up testing rapidly in order to control the pandemic.

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India needs more testing to control Covid pandemic: Health experts

There is a clear trend of new Covid-19 infections declining in the country, with 45,321 cases reported in last 24 hours compared to the peak of 97,859 cases on September 16.

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Schools reopen in Assam after seven months but few students turn up

It is important to gradually and responsibly start opening schools. This will not only help students to recover but also allow teachers to understand where children currently are in terms of learning levels.

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Growth rate in India’s Covid testing declines

Initially, 1,000 tests per day were conducted, which necessitated a 100x growth rate; now the count has increased to one million tests per day, and so the growth rate required is not that much.

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With Covid-19, PE investments in key healthcare segments at a feverish pitch

Clinics, hospitals and diagnostic services face the biggest challenge due to Covid and saw 70-80 peer cent drop in patient footfall for selective procedures. Even in case of serious ailments patients were seen to be shying away from visiting health facilities.

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Unlock 5 relaxations may offset declining trend of covid cases

The government is increasingly focussing on livelihoods under Unlock 5 and on boosting economic activity as the pandemic rages on. But, health experts warned, the home ministry’s recent decision to open schools and cinemas, and allow festive gatherings and interstate travel may trigger a surge in covid-19 cases.

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 Ashwajit Singh

Lives vs Livelihoods: Will unlock 5 trigger a surge in covid-19 cases?

Amidst reports of a second wave again like the Europe, unlock 5 will have more people around, winters of north India will have more of them huddled into closed spaces, and therefore there is a need to exercise extreme caution and follow all health guidelines especially when vaccine for the 1.3 billion is still a long shot.

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 Ashwajit Singh

Has India crossed the Covid peak?

The Covid tally in India on October 5 stood at 60,128, the lowest in the past six weeks, since August 24. But daily numbers can be deceptive as the curve for new cases tends to whipsaw, depending on the number of tests conducted.

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This Excitement Graph Explains Exactly Why We Are Tired of Working From Home

The study, which was conducted on over 3 million people in 16 global cities found that the average workday increased by 8.2 percent—or 48.5 minutes—during the pandemic’s early weeks. Employees also participated in more meetings, though for less time than they did before COVID-19 sent many workers home.

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India surpasses US, Brazil in conducting COVID-19 tests in September

Even as the number of Covid-19 cases has been surging, India has ramped up testing significantly. This has resulted in the country conducting more tests than other countries such as US, Brazil, Russia and Peru that have ranked high in the total number of cases.

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From 'Coronawaar' to 'Rozgar'

With the Covid-19 recovery rate in the capital up to 88 percent in the first two weeks of July, the recent launch of job portal, Rozgar Bazaar, by the Delhi government is a move to push the economic revival agenda in the capital after a three-month nationwide lockdown.

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Poshan Maah 2020: What Has Been The Impact Of COVID-19 Pandemic On India’s Malnutrition Targets

There are some of the early signs that we are seeing due to COVID-19 pandemic there might be a delay in meeting the nutritional targets that India has set for itself.

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 Ashwajit Singh

Trial Halted, Waiting For The Growth Booster Shot!

In the wake of a sudden pause in the final trials of the Astra-Oxford vaccine AZD1222 after one of the recipients in the UK showed adverse symptoms followed by similar steps by Serum Institute of India what implications does this have on global vaccine trials and, on the economy specifically the Indian scenario?While some experts claim that the pause is a routine one and is the second time that it has been halted.

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India overtakes Brazil with second highest number of coronavirus infections

India’s Covid-19 tally of cases went past 4.2 million with a record 90,802 people being infected in a day to surpass Brazil and become the second worst-hit country after the United States. With increased testing, it could emerge as the top country affected by the pandemic.

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Almost 84,000 virus cases in a day spark fear in India

Before the end of the week, India will have second highest cases of COVID-19 in the world and by the end of September, may also cross the US tally to claim the pole position.

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Healthcare infra ‘can cope with Covid surge, for now’

As the confirmed cases cross 3.5 million, what is required is to raise awareness in smaller towns and villages. Since these parts didn’t see much case surges in the first 4-5 months of lockdown, there is a misconception amongst people that the worst is over.

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All Beats are COVID-19 Beats

The pandemic is proving to be a moment of truth for all of us. While on the one hand, it has brought in a renewed sense of urgency to create a momentum around economic revival and health system reforms, on the other, it has highlighted the need to communicate right.

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 Ashwajit Singh

India could surpass US COVID-19 numbers

The number of cases will keep increasing in the coming two to three months and may eventually surpass the US as well. The death rate of under 2% and recovery rate of over 70% is a direct result of the lockdown decisions in the [pandemic's] early days.

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Are Gujarat, Delhi and most parts of Tamil Nadu past their peak in Covid cases?

The spread of COVID-19 in India continues unabated. Over the past six months, the number of confirmed cases has grown to over 28 lakh in the country, the highest in the world after the US and Brazil.

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The Year of COVID-19 Crisis: How Do We Achieve Sustainable Development Goals By 2030?

The year 2020 marks the start of the Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. From eliminating poverty and hunger to reversing climate change, this period was set to advance a shared vision and accelerate responses to the world’s gravest challenges.

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Most of COVID related medical supplies are now produced in India

India has fast paced its testing and tracing infrastructure, but much more is required. India’s public and private medical research institutions have responded well to the challenge and with right support have the capacity to scale-up efforts further.

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Shift of covid-19 burden from Maharashtra and Delhi to other states

While Andhra Pradesh has been recording over 10,000 cases every day for last five days, Chandigarh’s average growth rate of Covid-19 cases at 4.6% has also surpassed the current growth rate of Delhi (0.8%) and Maharashtra (2.4 %).

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India is on course to have max covid cases: Experts

India is the third most affected from covid-19 now, but with increased testing, it could emerge as the top country affected by the pandemic. While testing rates have increased by 240% since the beginning of July, covid positive cases have increased by almost 325%.

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Will Atmanirbhar Policy Give A Leg Up To Make-In-India?

India can offer these companies reasonable price and quality material which can lead to more foreign investments giving a much-needed impetus to the economy.

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9 states termed ‘vulnerable’ as death toll crosses 40,000

High population density coupled with porous city and state borders are some of the key reasons for India not being able to control the virus spread after the lifting of the lockdown.

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Pandemic Forces Revamp of World’s Biggest Food Stamps Program

One of the key challenges faced by the migrant workers in the cities at the beginning of the lockdowns was the lack of food security and a lack of access to foodgrains.

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India’s caseload growing at the world’s fastest rate

India, which is at the third spot after the US (4,238,500) and Brazil (2,419,091) in covid-19 cases, has been seeing a sharp upward trend of the disease in its cumulative cases average.

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Courses That May See More Traction Post COVID-19

Learning AI, agriculture, environmental studies, health & hygiene and many other aspects should be made more rigorous to face and prevent challenges.

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COVID-19: Is this the CSR propeller for private sector?

As coronavirus-caused Covid-19 pandemic continues to shake up the economies across the world, many big corporate houses are coming forward and leaving no stone unturned to offer help to the people hit by the pandemic.

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COVID-19: Delhi government banks on donors for plasma, but some conditions apply

The Delhi government’s pioneering effort to set up the plasma bank is a welcome step and will go a long way in fighting the unending war against the COVID-19.

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High recovery, low fatality rates offer glimmer of hope

Himanshu Sikka said that while India has reached No. 3 in number of cases, the comforting fact is the high recovery rate of over 60% and low fatality rate.

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COVID-19 vaccine: Ensure access for all

There are a number of potential vaccine candidates—approximately 133 globally, according to the World Health Organisation—that are in various stages of clinical trials; hence, there will not be one single country or company dominating vaccine production, unless companies like Astra Zeneca keep signing deals with governments for supply if their candidate proves successful.

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India can turnaround the COVID-19 crisis by becoming a manufacturing hub

Countries, such as Japan, have indicated their intention to move manufacturing operations out from China to other countries. While global buyers are looking for replacements to source their products, India can offer these companies reasonable price and quality material that can lead to more foreign investments, giving a much-needed impetus to the economy.

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Health Financing critical to help migrant workers in current situation

Migrant workers constitute a large part of the informal sector which employs close to 93% of workers in India 1 and contributes nearly 50% of economic output 2 .

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Improving quality of care around birth during COVID-19

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Evaluation of UNICEF’s Response to the COVID-19 Crisis in India

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Innovative academic activities in schools of Meghalaya amid COVID-19

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Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 through Smart City Projects

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Revised educational practices in West Garo Hills (Meghalaya) in response to the crisis

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Revision of Bangladesh tourism master plan to fight the pandemic

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