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How well is India responding to COVID 19?

India started a phased reopening of its economy, after 10 weeks of lockdown. The country is trying to balance attempts to revive the economy while dealing with increasing caseloads and new hotspots. On June 30, official COVID 19 cases stood at over 585,000, and more than 17,500 deaths. While recovery rates have improved to 60 percent…

Digital strategy in a time of crisis

April 22 2020|By Simon Blackburn, Laura LaBerge, Clayton O’Toole, and Jeremy Schneider If the pace of the pre-coronavirus world was already fast, the luxury of time now seems to have disappeared completely. Businesses that once mapped digital strategy in one- to three-year phases must now scale their initiatives in a matter of days or weeks. In one European survey, about…

Coronavirus tracked: the latest figures as countries start to reopen

The human cost of coronavirus has continued to mount, with more than 10.6 million cases confirmed globally and more than 507,500 people known to have died.  Mortality rates have soared in urban areas worldwide, with overall deaths often much high than reported Covid-19 counts, according to the Financial Times. The FT is mapping the spread…

China’s Latest Coronavirus Outbreak Underscores Continued Threat

This article was originally published in Time and the author is Ken Moritsugu. (BEIJING) — China’s capital was bracing Monday for a resurgence of the coronavirus after more than 100 new cases were reported in recent days in a city that hadn’t seen a case of local transmission in more than a month. The United…

The Economic Consequences of Disrupted Global Supply Chains

For nearly three decades, global supply chains were the quiet engines of economic globalization. From 1990 to 2008, they drove the rapid expansion of trade, accounting for 60-70% of its growth. More than a decade later, however, they have stalled – and may in some areas be going into reverse. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a supply-shock…

Coronavirus tracked: the latest figures as countries fight to contain the pandemic

The human cost of coronavirus has continued to mount, with more than 8.25 million cases confirmed globally and more than 441,300 people known to have died. With the World Health Orgainsation declaring the outbreak as a pandemic, the virus has spread to more than 200 countries. The Financial Times have provided an up-to-date visual narrative of…

Reopening the World

COVID-19 has shattered economies and societies around the world, upended government plans and business operations, and challenged the fabric of many communities. The effects are far-reaching, and leaders are seeking to understand how they reopen their countries and what are the lessons from other nations. Brookings’ latest publication discusses the reopening in several different countries,…

Dexamethasone proves first life-saving drug

A cheap and widely available drug has been found to help save the lives of patients seriously ill with coronavirus. Dexamethasone is a low-dose steroid treatment that has had a major breakthrough in the fight against the deadly virus, UK experts say. About 19 out of 20 patients with coronavirus recover without being admitted to…

Coronavirus destroys jobs and worsens inequality, with or without full lockdown

The Coronavirus has plunged the world into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. But lifting lockdown measure may not rescue their economies to the degree they hope. Evidence from South Korea, which never shut private businesses, tells a cautionary tale. Taiwan and South Korea are also in midst of an economic downturn, although not as severe as…