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Collapse of healthcare system? Why 90% of Covid patients treated at home survived -Bobby Ramakant and Sandeep Pandey Well known Hindustani classical singer Padma Vibhu shan Channulal Mishra, chosen as one of the proposers of Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha elections, lost his wife and elder daughter to Covid in private hospitals in Varanasi. Younger daughter has accused Medwin Hospital of charging Rs 1.5 lakh for treatement of her sister and not being able to explain the cause of death. Pandit Channulal Mishra has asked for a probe...

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India's Large Informal Workforce Must Be Prioritised in Our COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy -Divya Ravindranath and Vikas Kumar Informal workers are less likely to be vaccinated due to multiple barriers in the existing vaccination framework. The COVID-19 pandemic and consequent lockdowns have had a devastating impact on India’s informal sector, which employs a vast majority of the country’s workforce. Even as India struggles to extend vaccine coverage amid severe shortage and a deadly second wave, it is critical that this process prioritises the millions of informal workers who are...

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The Proposal for a Minimum Global Corporate Tax Rate -Prabhat Patnaik Following its $1.9 trillion Covid-relief package, the Biden administration has further announced an infrastructure package of $2.3 trillion. But in contrast to the former which is to be spent within months, the latter is to be spent over an eight-year period. And this package in turn is to be followed by a “human infrastructure” package. All this adds up to a massive stimulus for the economy as well as a...

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‘If there’s hell…it’s here’ -- A day with patients in DMCH, north Bihar’s mainstay hospital -Jyoti Yadav DMCH caters to patients from 5 districts of north Bihar. In the second surge of the pandemic, Darbhanga has engaged 20 private hospitals to manage the patient load. Darbhanga: A loud moan echoed in ward number 3, in one of the Isolation wings for Covid patients, at the Darbhanga Medical College & Hospital (DMCH), around 5 pm Tuesday. The pitch of the cry of anguish, almost inhuman in its intensity, was...

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To Tackle Covid Surge In Rural Areas, Centre Issues New Guidelines PTI Contact tracing, active surveillance for influenza-like illnesses, and separate Covid care facilities for suspected and confirmed cases are a few of the new measures suggested by the Centre Amid the second wave of the pandemic sweeping across the country, the Centre on Sunday issued a new set of guidelines to contain the spread of the virus in peri-urban and rural areas. This development comes just a day after Prime Minister Narendra...

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