Public transportation systems across the world have struggled with how to adapt their service to meet social distancing guidelines even with limited service. Some countries, such as South Korea and China, are minimally enforcing social distancing on public transportation; meanwhile Rome’s public transportation system is using large stickers to designate seats that should be left empty, according to The Wall Street Journal. Public transportation capacity will be reduced to 10% in the U.K. for the foreseeable future. But biking and walking are already seeing a 70% increase compared with pre-COVID-19 figures. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called it a “golden age for cycling,” according to The Guardian. … [Read more...] about How social distancing could make public transportation more bike-friendly
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Israel, on the other hand, is gearing up for large scale serology tests in order to gauge the proportion of population which has developed antibodies against the novel coronavirus. Israel, whose aggressive response to the coronavirus has held its fatality rate to a fraction of those of the United States and other hard-hit nations, is readying a nationwide serological test of 100,000 citizens. Moshe Bar-Siman-Tov, director-general of Israel’s Health Ministry, said that if antibody tests show a sizable portion of the population has developed antibodies, that could mean Israel is on its way to “herd immunity” and would be well equipped to withstand further outbreaks. Meanwhile, studies have estimated the percentage of Israelis with antibodies range widely, from less than 1% to upward of 10%. … [Read more...] about In-Depth: Is Herd Immunity our best bet in the fight against coronavirus?
In February as the world began to shut down, Devidayal got together with Chef Amninder Sandhu — the woman credited with making Arth and slow cooking a phenomenon in Mumbai — to launch a home delivery-only brand, Iktara. “We are working on a brick-and-motor project, but we decided to launch the home delivery brand first since we had the infrastructure and the time was right. The idea is to deliver great Indian comfort food to homes across the city.” … [Read more...] about Riding COVID-19 storm: Restaurants rewrite home delivery rules with special menus, DIY kits
Fouzia and Saneya are not the only artistes coming live every evening between 8 and 9 pm on Rekhta Live, a virtual mehfil that is broadcast live across Rekhta’s social media channels – YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The evening line-up initiated by Rekhta Foundation started rolling on March 29 when Delhi-based Radhika Chopra sang Hakim Momin Khan’s (1800-1851) famous ghazal: Woh jo hum mein tum mein qaraar thaa… Just her inimitable voice and the strum of the tanpura. And an engrossed live audience. … [Read more...] about Beat lockdown blues: Set 8 pm reminder for RekhtaLive music and poetry
Special souvenirs will be released, and specially planned exhibitions showcase the rich and diverse heritage and culture of the city. A photo exhibition on the city of monuments will be among a series of events that the government agencies have lined up to mark the centenary year. … [Read more...] about Delhi turns 100, celebrations begin