Here is a roundup of articles from Indian news publications about how the country is dealing with the Covid-19 epidemic. India’s first recession that is not driven by agricultural sectors, missing-in-action parliament, and why a study shows that blood cancer patients usually survive Covid – read more in today’s India remittance.
This will be India’s first recession driven by non-agricultural sectors: India’s economy is now set to lose 10 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP), to the after-effects of Covid-19. Eight states of India account for more than 50 percent of GDP. Within these eight states, about 42 percent of state GDP operates from areas that are now considered red areas. How is it going to play, and what is the overall economic potential of India? Read this interview with DK Joshi, chief economist at rating agency CRISIL. Read more
India’s parliament is missing in action: In ordinary times, the next session of Parliament will be in the second part of July. In today’s extraordinary circumstances, Parliament should meet soon, perhaps within a few weeks. India considers itself to be the world’s largest democracy as well as a provider of information technology to the world. It is necessary that Parliament as a demonstrative democracy uses the country’s IT power to discount our credibility. Read more here
Covid-19, Population and Pollution – A Road Map for the Future: The impact of this epidemic is likely to be multifaceted, creating a health crisis in the first instance – deepening poverty, recession and inequality in the supply chain, with the spillover effect including the hunger crisis. There are two other aspects that are important for the long term, and that this epidemic has brought to our attention: pollution and population (density). Read more here
India’s poor lost Rs 4 trillion in coronovirus lockdown: To avoid a severe livelihood crisis in India, programs by the central and state governments should attempt to rebuild the lost income of workers through cash or in-kind assistance through public works programs. There is scope for launching a large scale public works program across the country, which will solve the problem of supply shortage as well as stable demand. Read more here
Management of Covid-19
From treatment to medical gear, patients pay more in Covid time: The central government and the courts have taken steps to regulate some prices, but not others. For example, the Supreme Court imposed a cap of Rs 4,500 on RT-PCR testing, the Delhi High Court held that antibody kits should be sold to the Indian Council of Medical Research for Rs 400 and the government raised the prices of hand sanitizers and surgical masks . .
But many important items were excluded from price regulation; These include the N95 mask, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), face shield, goggles, charges of being admitted to intensive care and overall treatment fees. Read more here
In Mumbai, Covid-19 patients are dying as they wait for an ambulance and hospital bed: In public hospitals, coronovirus patients have been asked to share beds, sleep on the floor, or share wards with corpses that have been left on beds for hours because families refuse to claim them. People who call the corporation’s Covid-19 helpline are often told that no beds are available. The situation is no better with ambulances – the state’s 108 helplines run barely 100 ambulances in the city, private ambulance services are expensive and inadequate, and patients are left high and dry when they need the most help. Read more here
Karnataka extended 3 hours for Maharashtra returns: The Maharashtra government has extended the quarantine requirements for people coming from Maharashtra from a fortnight to three weeks, an official said on Wednesday. The 21-day quarantine regime is for all asymptomatic people returning from Maharashtra, given that most of the Covid-19 cases reported in Karnataka have a domestic travel history in that state. Read more here
Factories open in Noida, but where are the workers? Following the lockdown, the government has allowed the reopening of factories and industries to boost India’s economy. But, where are the factory workers? Ironically, during the third phase lockdown, many industries were allowed to open, but at the same time, the government also introduced special labor trains, which saw migrant workers leaving. Read more here
If otherwise fit, blood cancer patients survive. Covid usually survives’: People at risk of Covid-19 infection due to weak immune system from cancer are more likely to get blood cancer and are not treated. Clinical researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Bart’s Health NHS Trust have now studied the outcome of Covid-19 infection in blood cancer patients. The study found that even if patients were actively undergoing intensive treatment for blood cancers that weakened their immune systems, they would usually have recovered from Covid-19 unless they were otherwise Fit and not well. Read more here
Human body immune response to novel coronoviruses: Understanding the body’s response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus is important to understand the mechanisms underlying vaccines and antiviral drugs. Coronaviruses have not popped up suddenly. We have been living with various human and animal coronavir for decades. Nevertheless, this novel coronavirus is causing havoc due to its rapid transmission rate. Further investigation will uncover the complete behavioral pattern of this virus, allowing researchers to develop a potential vaccine soon. Read more here