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Coronavirus: Indian labourers in GCC countries are in dire need of help, say experts -Varghese K George

-The Hindu They are at the bottom of the pyramid and have little access to healthcare, say migration experts S. Irudaya Rajan and Ginu Zacharaia Oommen. Migrants labourers have been among the worst hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most Indian migrants in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are at the bottom of the pyramid in their host countries. Infected in large numbers, and with limited access to healthcare, that is...

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Coronavirus in India: In 13 states, NGOs fed more people than govt did during lockdown -Mukesh Rawat 84.26 lakh people have been provided meals across the country during the lockdown, of which nearly 37% people were fed by NGOs. In Gujarat, NGOs fed 93% of the people who were provided meals, while in Andhra the figure was 92%. New Delhi: Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in 13 states and Union Territories provided meals to more people than what their respective state governments did during the nationwide lockdown that started on...

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Sudden Lockdown and Unfolding of an Immense Tragedy -Prabhat Patnaik With the Centre being both niggardly and thoughtless in the matter of relief following the unplanned lockdown, state governments, which are desperately short of funds, will be left holding the baby. The tragic irony could not have been more complete. The country is under lockdown, but last week thousands of migrant workers were thronging bus stands or marching on the roads, making a mockery of it; the aim of the lockdown...

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Fighting Covid Will Be a Long Haul but Normal Life Does Not Need to be Kept on Hold -Prem Shankar Jha Before it is eradicated, the novel coronavirus can be tamed, but this will require the rapid implementation of an action plan that is Humane, rational – and unafraid of the fiscal beancounters. It’s too late. The COVID-19 horse has bolted and closing the barn doors now will not bring it back. Despite Narendra Modi’s all-India lockdown, the number of people testing positive for the virus has risen sharply during the past...

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Size of the population susceptible to coronavirus infection is significant

Between 25th and 30th of March, 2020, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India has more than doubled i.e. from 519 to 1,251, according to the data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW). In a span of 6 days, the total number of deaths from COVID-19 has more than trebled i.e. from 9 to 32. In a health situation like this, when the coronavirus...

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