No fresh lockdowns recommended at local level: Government-appointed panel on COVID-19

New Delhi: No fresh lockdowns should be imposed on district or state level to contain the spread of COVID-19 unless There is an imminent danger of healthcare facilities being overwhelmed, according to a government-appointed committee chaired by IIT Hyderabad professor M Vidyasagar. The committee has also claimed that if all protocols are followed, the pandemic … Read more

Dvara KGFS gives daily needs loans to rural customers to mitigate pandemic impact

CHENNAI: Chennai-based non-bank and micro-finance lender Dvara KGFS has been providing small-ticket loans to cater to the daily needs of people in remote, rural areas during the nationwide lockdown and after, using digital technology tools, two top executives told ET. Many rural households bore the brunt of the crippling lockdown from March which directly affected … Read more

To lock down or not? Experts spar over approach to COVID-19

Mumbai: Experts in Europe and America are divided over what should be the course of action in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. The stalemate is over whether countries should protect the vulnerable and let the younger people — who face low risk of being severely impacted by Covid-19 — go about their lives and in … Read more

A ‘heartbreaking insight’ into the impact of lockdown

Image copyright Alamy A survey of 2,000 families in Bradford indicates just how bad lockdown is for health – and how being furloughed is enough to tip those on the lowest incomes into financial difficulties. Dr John Wright of Bradford Royal Infirmary considers how to achieve the twin task of protecting people from the virus, … Read more

View: How jobs were impacted due to lockdown

Losses in salaried jobs are difficult to recover. These are not like informal jobs, or even like gigs. Synopsis While salaried jobs have taken the biggest hit during the lockdown, it is not that this form of employment is more vulnerable compared to other forms. By Mahesh VyasThe impact of the lockdown on employment has … Read more

Gujarat Government issues new guidelines: No Garba in Gujarat this Navratri

AHMEDABAD: Keeping in mind the Covid situation in the state, Gujarat Government has proscribed organising all Garbas in public during the ensuing Navratri this year. The guidelines of the government is to be followed from October 16. While the devotees will be allowed to set up idols and worship the deity in open spaces in … Read more

Covid-19 lockdown returns in Europe while India unlocks further 

After showing signs of easing out, Covid-19 pandemic is making a strong comeback across Europe. Country after country is again resorting to lockdown hoping to contain further spread of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes Covid-19. In the latest development, France has imposed fresh restrictions shutting down all bars in Paris from tomorrow (October 6) for two … Read more