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    COVID-19 Data: Different States, Different Trajectories

    Analysis of the state-wise COVID-19 numbers indicates that the trends in states are varied. Different states seem to be going in different trajectories compared to where they were a month ago. Here is a look at numbers from six states that contribute to more than 70% of India's case load. The prevalence of COVID-19 & the corresponding case numbers are varied across the country. As...

    • 2 days ago
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    Data: As the number of COVID-19 deaths increase in India, Death Rate decreases

    The number of deaths due to COVID-19 and the corresponding death rate, known as the Case Fatality Ratio (CFR), has wide variations across states. In some states, despite a phenomenal increase in the number of new cases, the CFR is well below 1.5%. India recorded its first COVID-19 case on 30 January 2020, and the first recorded death due to this infection was...

    • 4 days ago
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    Explainer: What is the status of GM Crops in India?

    There have been reports of farmers in Maharashtra protesting the central government's de facto ban on GM crops barring Bt. Cotton. However, the issue of GM Crops has been a controversial one in India with vociferous argument both for and against the introduction. Recently, the media reported that farmers in Maharashtra are protesting the central government's move which bans the cultivation...

    • 2 weeks ago
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    Suicides & Suicidal Risk in India: What do the numbers say?

    The National Mental Health Survey of 2015-16 reported some alarming statistics. The survey estimated that 1% of the population reported high suicidal risk. What does that survey & other data say about suicides & suicidal risk in India? Recently, the death of a Bollywood actor due to suicide has triggered a debate on mental health and suicide prevention in India. Reports show...

    • 3 weeks ago
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    Data: What is the status of Infrastructure in Primary Health Centers (PHCs)?

    COVID-19 has once again reminded us of the importance of a strong public health system. India has poor public health infrastructure right from the grass root level. Here is an analysis of the infrastructure at PHCs across the country. India has now at the fourth position in the list of worst hit countries by COVID-19. The number of cases has crossed 3 lakh. As the...

    • 4 weeks ago
  • India

    Reopening of Educational Institutions - the many factors at play

    Education is probably the worst affected sector by COVID-19. There is an ongoing debate over when to reopen schools & colleges. While the health & safety of children are often discussed and rightly so, the economic & social factors also need to be considered. There is an ongoing debate on whether schools need to re-open and when amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools...

    • 4 weeks ago
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    COVID-19: What is the status of Vaccine development?

    While some countries are talking about herd immunity, a vaccine for COVID-19 looks like the only possible way to contain the spread. Here is a look at the status & progress of vaccine development across the world. Globally, the highest ever daily increase in the number of COVID-19 positive cases was recorded on 04 June 2020, when close to 1.3 Lakh new cases were reported. The total...

    • a month ago
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    In the last 16 years, less than 1/3rd of Rice & Wheat produce was procured by the Government

    The farmer distress in the country is largely on account of not getting a remunerative price for their produce. Restrictions imposed by APMC laws; exploitation of middlemen are also a reason. What reform measures has the central government announced as part of the COVID-19 package? In an earlier explainer, we looked at what APMCs are, why they were...

    • a month ago
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    Explainer: What are APMCs?

    One of the measures announced by the Government of India as part of the COVID-19 relief package was changes proposed to the APMC law. But what are APMCs? How do they affect the farmers? Whilst the lockdown resulted in a temporary halt of economic activities, various state governments have announced amendments to their respective Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee Laws (APMC Laws), in order to make sure that...

    • a month ago
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    Explainer: What is 'Pooled Testing' and how is it being done in India?

    Pooled testing has been followed worldwide as an effective tool to assess the spread of any infectious disease. Even for COVID-19, pooled testing has been used in multiple countries. The Health Ministry recently issued guidelines for pooled testing in India. The Director-General of the World Health Organization has repeatedly emphasized on extensive testing for COVID-19...

    • a month ago

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