Lockdown of 1.3 Billion People Eases, Raising Worries

As COVID-19 cases spiral in India, even those seeking private care—which usually buffers the dilapidated public health system—are struggling to secure hospital beds, Reuters reports.
 
The strain may only get worse as the world’s biggest lockdown—1.3 billion people—begins to ease, raising concern about fresh spikes in cases in megacities like Mumbai, where hospitals are turning away patients, The Washington Post reports.  
 
Over 100 million people in India have lost their jobs, and the economic devastation spurred a shift in India’s approach from total lockdown to accepting that the virus will be sticking around long term.  
 
Biz Note: India is returning to a fast-changing manufacturing climate. COVID-19 “supply chain shocks” have made some companies wary of relying on China—or any single country—and India’s economy may benefit from filling the gap, according to Harvard Business Review.

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