Arun Kumar: As Dr. John pointed out, lockdown is needed to slow the pace of increase of the disease. The apex has to be brought down to the capacity that we have and use the time of lockdown to build the capacity for health to cope with the emergency that is going to come. We need testing, more hospitalisation capacity, more doctors etc. Lockdown gave you time only for that. It is not a cure. In the lockdown, production completely stops, demand also correspondingly falls because of income decline. So what you have is a situation where both supply and demand are affected, the economy comes down, and only essentials are produced. In my judgment only 25% of the economy was working, so you had a minus 75% rate of growth, about 200 million people lost work because 94 % of the employment is in the unorganised sector. That completely stopped as they did not have working capital, supplies. So 94% of the workforce has lost employment. Those in agriculture can continue, and in mining and rural … [Read more...] about Can India’s workforce have a safe return to business?
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Google Photos, that till now offered two backup options: Original Quality and High Quality, has introduced a new option called 'Express backup', specifically keeping in mind its user-base in India. The feature provides faster backup at a reduced resolution, making it easier to ensure pictures are saved even in case of poor or infrequent WiFi connectivity. Google began offering the feature in December to a limited number of Android phones in India, but now the tech giant is now rolling it out to all Android users with the latest version of Google Photos by the end of the week. In addition to Express, users will continue to have the option to choose from the existing backup options. Google will now also allow users to set daily caps on uploads over cellular data. Talking about its user-base in the country, the tech giant said in a statement, "Over a third of people using Google Photos in India have some photos that hadn’t been backed up in over a month." Picture Perfect: … [Read more...] about Poor Wi-Fi connectivity? Google Photo’s new feature ensures it doesn’t affect your back-up
The herd immunity threshold for this new disease is still uncertain, but many epidemiologists believe it will be reached when between 60% and 80% of the population has been infected and develops resistance. A lower level of immunity in the population can slow the spread of a disease somewhat, but the herd immunity number represents the point where infections are substantially less likely to turn into large outbreaks. "We don't have a good way to safely build it up, to be honest, not in the short term," Mina said. "Unless we're going to let the virus run rampant again — but I think society has decided that is not an approach available to us." The new studies look for antibodies in people's blood, proteins produced by the immune system that indicate a past infection. An advantage of this test is that it can capture people who may have been asymptomatic and didn't know they were sick. A disadvantage is that the tests are sometimes wrong — and several studies, including a … [Read more...] about Covid-19: The world is still far from herd immunity for coronavirus
Perhaps some repackaging is in order. Might I suggest fully fleshed backstories? This is Amazon, the home of creatively layered and complex television shows like Transparent, a world where characters are defined by more than the same pink-striped cardigan (external link) every alternate episode. … [Read more...] about Tip Gear: Some advice for Jeremy Clarkson and the boys
By Andy Mukherjee The spread of the coronavirus in India is showing no sign of abatement. Unless it catches a lucky break, Asia’s No. 1 pandemic hotspot is still a month or more away from a peak in infections (currently above 165,000) despite a severe lockdown. Tricky as the situation is for the country’s patchy healthcare infrastructure, the disease won’t be India’s only curve to flatten. The squiggly line that joins the cost of money at different maturities — the yield curve — deserves just as much attention. It’s unhealthy in an economy headed for a recession that 10-year funds cost nearly 5.75%, almost 275 basis points more than the three-month treasury bill yield. The central bank is slashing short-term rates and flooding banks with liquidity, and yet the long-term cost of capital is refusing to head lower. In large developing economies deeply challenged by the virus, from Brazil to Indonesia, the yield curve, or the excess of … [Read more...] about View: The pandemic isn’t India’s only curve to flatten