The third issue is relapse of the infection. There have been reports of the coronavirus infecting an individual after he/she has already recovered from COVID-19 once. Hence, it is yet not certain if the antibodies developed against coronavirus for the first time are effective in fighting it off the next time. The notion has been emphasized by the World Health Organisation as well. With individual immunity not proven yet, Herd Immunity is shrouded with doubts. … [Read more...] about In-Depth: Is Herd Immunity our best bet in the fight against coronavirus?
Some commuters will still have to take the train to work, but that doesn’t mean they’ll want to drive their car for the “first and last mile,” says Paul Priestman, designer and chairman of PriestmanGoode, in a press statement. “As urban planners in our major cities close roads to traffic to ease pressure on public transport systems and move people on to alternatives such as bikes, the revision to the Island Bay seating configuration supports that goal too.” With more bike-friendly trains, you can keep your distance in a small space—and replace the bus or subway that bookends your commute entirely. … [Read more...] about How social distancing could make public transportation more bike-friendly
Road to Credit Guarantee CorporationThe government formed a working group comprising custodians of the nationalised banks. In its report, the group said while the objective of giving loans to neglected areas was noteworthy, it will also lead to risks for the banking system. The best way would be to pool these risks and cover them under a common guarantee scheme. To avoid moral hazard, guarantees would be capped at 75 percent of the losses so that banks do proper loan appraisal. The guarantee fee was pegged at 0.25 percent of the loans, open to review. Interestingly, the government credit guarantee scheme had a fee of 0.1 percent for SSIs. … [Read more...] about Credit guarantees of 1970s make a comeback
"Even if industries are allowed to function in some areas, allowing manufacturing in certain areas in isolation will not help matters. A factory cannot be opened unless all the accompanying services such as courier and transport among other services are allowed," says Anil Bhardwaj, Secretary-General, Federation of Indian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (FISME). … [Read more...] about Without ancilliary services, MSMEs can’t resume operations even after April 20
Further, to ensure that the whole ecosystem for truck drivers and supply chain does not get disrupted, shops for truck repairs and dhabas on highways will be allowed to operate, with a stipulated minimum distance, as prescribed by the state authorities. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus Lockdown 2.0 Guidelines | Empty trucks will be allowed to ply to ease supply chain operations