Reportage

March 30, 2020

India needs faster testing to deal with coronavirus

The low test rate of coronavirus in India continues to be a matter of constant discussion. Why did India start the screening so late? Why is the number of testings so low? From January 18 to March 23, India received 15 lakh people from abroad. Were all of them examined? Are these people under supervision of the health department?

Neetu Singh
March 30, 2020

Lockdown: In the mass exodus, many are stranded hungry and in desperate need of help

The labourers, most hailing from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand, are in great distress, as they are stuck in the absence of any transport

Kushal Mishra
March 30, 2020

“We were stuck in Wuhan. We were told that everything would be back to normal after the first quarantine, but …”

“We remained at home from January 23 to February 26. We ate whatever we had. The supermarkets didn’t have much stock. Eventually, the supermarkets were asked to shut shop. The government didn’t help us at all”

Neetu Singh
March 30, 2020

Centre, state governments issue orders exempting many agriculture and allied activities from the lockdown

The farmers will be able to go to their fields freely. They will also be able to take their crops to the mandi. So, now the lockdown will not affect agricultural work. However, farmers have been urged to observe coronavirus guidelines at all times

Arvind Shukla
March 30, 2020

Around 139 million internal migrants have been left out from the benefits of relief packages

These measures by the state and the central governments are restricted to beneficiaries under existing schemes, which do not include migrants who are unable to get themselves registered

Nivedita Jayaram
March 30, 2020

Locked out: Dialysis patients not getting consumables or easy access to hospitals during the lockdown

Suppliers of dialysis consumables are reporting a shortage because of the coronavirus shutdown in the country. Meanwhile, kidney failure patients are finding it difficult to reach hospitals for dialysis without which they run the risk of dying

Nidhi Jamwal
March 30, 2020

Coronavirus lockdown: What can be done immediately to help the vulnerable population

Covid-19’s spread and subsequent lockdowns have created economic havoc in the lives of millions employed in the informal sector and those working as casual labour. Here are some suggestions

Reetika Khera
March 28, 2020

The Central government’s Rs 1.70 lakh crore relief package for the poor cuts no ice

Members of the Right To Food Campaign and organisations working with informal sector workers demand wider measures to support the poor and vulnerable during coronavirus pandemic

Nidhi Jamwal
March 28, 2020

“Remember Contagion, the sci-fi movie? Coronavirus is now as real as the sun rising in the East”

Just like in most of the Hollywood movies, the doomsday hits the greatest city in the world – the New York City — this microscopic virus too has done the same. New York is now an epicenter

Swati Subhedar
March 28, 2020

“Many borders are sealed, but it’s the shipping industry that is going to deliver your goods”

There are thousands of crew members across the world who are stuck. Even though they are reporting that life is normal, but, trust me, life on board a ship is mother of all quarantines

Swati Subhedar