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Every second COVID case and death reported in May 2021 was from rural India -Nidhi Jamwal Last month, 53% of New Cases and 52% of deaths due to the coronavirus were from rural districts of India, finds the ‘State of India’s Environment 2021’ report. What makes the situation more worrisome is the acute shortage of healthcare staff in rural India — a 76.1% shortfall of specialists at the CHC level. Rural India, where two-thirds of Indians live, did not escape the fury of the second wave of...

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Data: An essential weapon against Covid -Anu Raghunathan

-The Indian Express Enabling access to data is critical for experts to analyse and provide evidence-based knowledge to guide decision making We are not at war; we are in a pandemic and in data we trust. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted globally how important data is to governments in decision-making. The power of such data was seen early on in the evidence-based response and decision-making in countries like South Korea. Modern response...

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Number of India’s COVID-19 deaths crosses 3 lakh on May 23, 2021

-The Hindu Only the United States and Brazil have registered more cumulative fatalities than India. India’s cumulative COVID-19 fatalities crossed the 3 lakh-mark on May 23. With 4,452 deaths till 11.54 p.m. on May 23, the country has recorded 3,03,751 overall deaths. Only the United States and Brazil have registered more cumulative fatalities than India. India also recorded 2,22,704 New Cases on May 23. Tamil Nadu reported 35,483 infections, followed by Karnataka (25,979)...

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Second wave wreaking havoc on rural lives. Will it impact rural livelihoods as well?

With the rise in Covid-19 daily New Cases and daily new deaths since March this year, media reports (please click here and here) on migrant workers returning back to their native places (i.e. places of origin) from migration destinations (i.e. workplaces likes cities and large industrial towns to where the informal and low skilled workers from the marginalised sections of the society migrate seasonally, and sometimes for a longer duration,...

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As deaths rise, fear of COVID haunts rural UP -Omar Rashid

-The Hindu While officially numbers have fallen, several cases of undiagnosed illness and deaths are reported across districts Unnao: As per official figures, the number of daily cases of COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh have started declining. On Tuesday, the State recorded 20,463 New Cases and 306 new deaths as against 2.33 lakh samples tested. However, in its villages there is a growing sense of alarm due to a spurt in not only positive...

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