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As the cases of COVID-19 surge, we bring you the coverage of our grantees on the pandemic, which includes The Print’s report on why Dharavi should become the template for Delhi’s fight against the Coronavirus? The Ken’s prognosis on how diplomacy will be critical to India’s access to a vaccine - “the most political vaccine of all time”? And, IndiaSpend’s findings on what it costs to overcome the virus in one of Delhi’s premier hospitals?

For this and more, including the cracks appearing in the Kerala model for COVID-19 containment, read on.

Sunil Rajshekhar

For a collection of previous issues, click here.

It’s Operation Diplomacy for India as Covid vaccine preparedness hots up

As the world races to produce a vaccine for COVID-19, it is diplomacy and strategy that will determine who gets the first-uses of the vaccine, as and when it is available. The Ken takes a deep dive into the politics surrounding potential COVID-19 vaccines and explains why, for once, India is not badly placed. The story tells you, who will get access to a potential vaccine, how much of it will a country get, and what role Indian manufacturers play in this multilateral effort?

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Dharavi’s unexpected Covid success story has lessons for Delhi, other crowded cities

Mumbai’s Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum, was staring down the barrel with rising cases of COVID-19. Given the density of population - with nearly a million people living in a 2.5 kilometre area – the worst was feared. Now, almost miraculously, Dharavi has turned the corner, with very few cases being reported since the beginning of June. And it is Delhi, the national capital, with India’s highest test positivity rate, which could take a few lessons from Dharavi. The Print tells us why.

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PPE Priced High In Private Hospitals, While Public Hospitals Face Shortage

Even as the public healthcare infrastructure is overwhelmed by the rise in infections, private healthcare providers have stepped in. However, the treatment comes at a price – and a very heavy one at that. For instance, a family that admitted an elderly member for COVID-19 treatment to Delhi’s Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi was handed a bill of Rs 16 lakh. Nearly Rs 3 lakh, or Rs 10,000 a day of this amount, was for PPE alone! IndiaSpend investigates the costs that patients are being charged by private healthcare providers and the utter lack of transparency in the rates.

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Are we underreporting COVID-19 deaths?

The ICMR guidelines say that the deaths of all COVID-19 patients, even those with co-morbidities must be counted as COVID-19 deaths. Flouting this regulation, Delhi is listing only those deaths that occurred directly from COVID-19. Down to Earth explains that the lack of universal standards for counting COVID-19 fatalities, is the reason that different yardsticks are being employed by different countries, skewing the count.

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കഴുത്തിലിട്ട മാസ്‌ക്കും തിക്കിത്തിരക്കിയ നടത്തവും മലയാളി കൊവിഡിനെ ജയിപ്പിക്കാന്‍ ഇറങ്ങിയതാണോ?

The Kerala model, heralded around the world as a template for COVID-19 containment, is seemingly losing its way. This ground report by Dool News finds ATM centres without sanitisers, public hand-washing booths without water supply, and general crowding by people without following social distancing norms nor wearing a mask. Citizens bemoan that the end of the lockdown has led to a casual and lackadaisical attitude among people which is already resulting in a rise in cases in the state.

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More from the grantees
The COVID-19 Battle: Pandemic v/s Privacy
The right to privacy in India has been held to be a fundamental, inalienable right, even in the time of a crisis like the present pandemic. The Bastion argues that this needs to be strengthened and backed by legislation.
COVID-19 has serious implications for India’s non-profits
India Development Review presents the results from a rapid-response research project and finds that financial stress, loss of steam in programmes and the erosion of CSR funds are among the many challenges confronting the Indian non-profits.
Pending Bank Loans But No Salary: Indian Migrants In Oman Cannot Come Back
The Lede reports on how Indian migrant labourers who have been laid off in Oman are stranded as they can’t access their passports and they fear being charged for not paying back their debts.
भीती वाटत असताना 'ती' देते लोकांना आधार |
Max Maharashtra brings you the story of a nurse working in the COVID-ward of a government hospital in Mumbai – the stress, the worries and the thoughts of the family back home.
Payment Of Wages And Judicial Evasion In A Pandemic
Live Law argues that the Supreme Court was less than itself by delaying the hearing of a petition regarding the non-payment of wages to employees to July-end. Thereby, preventing relief for thousands of workers.
COVID's Health and Labour Crisis Has Exposed Yet Another Challenge – Government Data
While the government’s aspirations on the data front on COVID-19 are ambitious, the method it uses to collect, update and monitor the data are archaic and manual. This has resulted in data inconsistencies, gaps and errors in decision-making that is based on this data. The Wire looks at what can be done to overcome this challenge.
Online classes a hurdle, future uncertain: UP, Delhi college students
Online classes have been touted as the solution to overcome the inability of students to physically access their classrooms. However, The Caravan reports, for the students from the marginalised and poor families who are without access to digital tools, it is proving to be exclusionary.
कोरोना काल में किसान बेहाल, इस पर भी बैंको की नोटिस ने किया बुरा हाल
Farmers in Banda district in Uttar Pradesh face a double-whammy during the lockdown– no income from their produce, as they are unable to sell their harvest, on one hand, and the notices from banks for repaying their loans, on the other. Khabar Lahariya reports.
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