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When a system is far less than perfect, it takes some innovation, some jugaad, to overcome the inadequacies. This, as The Lede reports, is exactly what doctors in Tamil Nadu have done to diagnose critical Covid-19 patients even before the system can come through with the test results.

Feminism in India examines the issues of the extraordinary burden imposed on the marginalised and the vulnerable because of the multiple crises engendered by the pandemic and suggests solutions to build a ‘balanced, gender-equitable and crisis-resilient’ post-Covid society.

The Wire examines the dire condition of the Indian economy and the social and the healthcare challenges that Covid-19 has posed, and suggests ways to fast-track the economy to recovery.

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How Tamil Nadu’s ICU Doctors Are Diagnosing COVID-19 Using Pulse Rate & Saturation

The Lede reports on how doctors in Tamil Nadu are using oxygen saturation, pulse rates and x-rays as early identifiers to treat potentially severe cases of Covid-19. These simple tests are allowing doctors to take immediate action on critical patients instead of waiting for the RT-PCR test results which can take more than a day.

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Rebuilding After COVID-19: Lessons From Recurring Crises Like Assam Floods & Amphan

The pandemic has brought in its wake other health, social and economic challenges. These simultaneous crises have hit many communities hard. However, it’s lear that the marginalised and vulnerable groups bear a disproportionate burden. Feminism in India examines the issues and looks at ways to build a ‘balanced, gender-equitable and crisis-resilient post-Covid society.

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COVID-19 Has Pushed the Indian Economy Into a Tailspin. But There's a Way Out

Given the magnitude of the health, humanitarian and economic crises facing India as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Wire argues that the government should aggressively boost public spending with an expansionary fiscal policy that will fast-track the economy towards recovery. This is especially critical if enough jobs and employment have to be created.

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Left to starve: How COVID-19 is hitting India’s children

The closing of Anganwadis since April, due to the Coronavirus, has meant that millions of children go hungry as they largely depended on this facility to get a wholesome meal a day. Down To Earth reports that in a country where more than half the children are already undernourished, this additional blow will mean “large and devastating effects on the nutritional health of India”.

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No 6-ft distance, no masks, no screening — how Golden Temple is operating in pandemic

The iconic Golden Temple in Amritsar seems to be blind to the government’s Covid-19 guidelines. On a visit to the shrine, The Print found that social distancing measures, face masks, screening, or the mandatory use of sanitisers, were all absent. What is cause for real concern is that the Amritsar district is among the worst Covid-hit districts in Punjab with nearly 8,000 cases and 300 deaths.

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