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Twitter logo displayed on a phone | Alex Flynn/Bloomberg

How Twitter is making the coronavirus world a better place

Twitter has become for the most part a community in which people are trying to get one another through the coronavirus crisis.
Medics examine patients for coronavirus in Hyderabad | PTI

Three scientific and one legal update on coronavirus

In episode 433 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta looks at the relationship between virus exposure and severity of illness, Supreme Court's order on media & other updates on Covid-19.
Medical staff with a patient of Covid-19 | Imran Nissar | ANI

Clapping is good, but Indian medical staff fighting Covid-19 need real incentives

If India gives special incentives to healthcare workers like Malaysia and China, it can hasten human resource mobilisation in the fight against Covid-19.
Migrant workers move in packed buses | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

India’s Covid-19 exodus isn’t like Partition but 2020 has one thing in common with 1947

Covid-19 & Partition share one key element which leaders today overlooked as cavalierly as the founders of India and Pakistan did in 1947: Fear.
Representational image | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

50 nations promised cash to fight Covid. Few, like India and Bangladesh, are doing it right

India’s trinity of Jan Dhan, Aadhaar, and mobile communications — or JAM — can work wonders if it is used extensively to reform citizen–state engagement.

With the anti-poor lockdown, BJP is back to its upper caste, middle class, urban roots

Demonetisation’s political gain was to rebrand the BJP as a pro-poor party. The poorly implemented coronavirus lockdown is undoing that image.
Migrant workers go home on NH2 highway | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

In Covid-19 pandemic, Modi govt focussed more on headline management than crisis management

One week into coronavirus lockdown it is clear that thinking and planning began after PM Modi’s momentous decision. And PR has overridden governance.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament

In India’s fight against coronavirus, one arm failed miserably — Parliament

MPs were warning about the severity of Covid-19. But Modi govt, whose AYUSH Ministry kept advocating homeopathy, didn’t wake up until Kanika Kapoor incident.
People suspected of Covid-19 being transported to various hospitals after Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin, Delhi | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Coronavirus was a test of secular nationalism. Then Tablighi Jamaat became the scapegoat

The Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Nizamuddin would concern any country. But PM Modi must immediately rein in his media and social media supporters communalising it.
People from Markaz building in Nizamuddin standing in a queue | Shrikant | ANI

Dear Muslims, Tablighi Jamaat committed a crime against humanity. Don’t defend them

I am not encouraging Islamophobia, it is a prejudice that needs fierce opposition but if this isn’t plain stupidity in the name of Allah, then what is?

On Camera

lab technician or doctor handles a test tube

Why epidemiologists and economists keep arguing over health vs economy

When epidemiologists say there’s no trade-off between health & economy, lots of economists just shake their heads in disagreement.

Covid-19 Battle: Are Indian chief ministers measuring up or need strong central oversight?

PM Modi held a video conference with all chief ministers Thursday to take stock of the situation arising out of the Covid-19 health emergency.

Defence

The consignment in Maldives

IAF airlifts 6.2 tonnes of essential medicines, hospital consumables to Maldives

The consignment was airlifted to Male by an Indian Air Force C-130 aircraft, as part of 'Operation Sanjeevani'.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.