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Migrant workers sit at a bus terminal as they wait to catch state provided transportation to their home villages, in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India, on Friday, May 29, 2020. Migrant�workers, who form part of India's vast informal sector, were the worst hit by the shutdown. Millions of them lost jobs and incomes, and they continue to return to villages from cities across India. Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg (Bloomberg)
Migrant workers sit at a bus terminal as they wait to catch state provided transportation to their home villages, in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India, on Friday, May 29, 2020. Migrant�workers, who form part of India's vast informal sector, were the worst hit by the shutdown. Millions of them lost jobs and incomes, and they continue to return to villages from cities across India. Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg (Bloomberg)

Why Bihar and UP could struggle to scale up MGNREGS work

As migrant workers return home, the rural jobs scheme is key—but the two states that will matter the most have a poor record in implementing it

An Indian Air Force helicopter showers flower petals on the staff of INS Asvini hospital in Mumbai (AP)
A still from Veere Di Wedding—a 2018 Bollywood film that touches upon the anxieties of a 21st century marriage.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal during a discussion with Dean and HoDs of Dibrugarh University in a meeting at the conference room of DC office, in Dibrugarh on Saturday. (ANI Photo)
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal during a discussion with Dean and HoDs of Dibrugarh University in a meeting at the conference room of DC office, in Dibrugarh on Saturday. (ANI Photo)

Coronavirus cases surging in Assam and Bihar

India’s biggest cities continue to be the biggest hotspots but Lucknow, Kanpur, and Bengaluru have relatively fewer cases compared to other populous cities

Prayagraj: Migrants wait to board buses to reach their native places after arriving via special train, during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in Prayagraj, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (PTI Photo) (PTI)
Prayagraj: Migrants wait to board buses to reach their native places after arriving via special train, during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in Prayagraj, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (PTI Photo) (PTI)

Why India’s ‘migrants’ walked back home

More than a story of the Great Indian Dream, the story of short-term migrants is one of desperation. Without the social capital of well-established long-term migrants, they found it hard to stay put in India's big cities

Unsurprisingly, all four indicators of the producer economy are now in the red (PTI)
Post-millennials (or adults belonging to Gen Z) are most likely to value money over anything else as they step into entry-level jobs
School administrations promptly sent messages about the postponement to the parents of children. (AP )
Mumbai: A healthcare worker collects swab sample of a Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar resident for COVID- 19 test, during the ongoing nationwide lockdown, at Dharavi slum area in Mumbai, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. (PTI)
Mumbai: A healthcare worker collects swab sample of a Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar resident for COVID- 19 test, during the ongoing nationwide lockdown, at Dharavi slum area in Mumbai, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. (PTI)

Mumbai’s count crosses 25,000, Ahmedabad has nearly 9,500 cases

Globally, the number of coronavirus cases is now over 5.1 million, with India having one of the fastest growth rates among worst-hit countries

Only a small pool of MSMEs will effectively be eligible for this working-capital facility: those that have existing loans. (Indranil Bhoumik/Mint)
Stranded migrant workers arrive to board buses before taking a special train to their destination during extended lockdown to curb the spread of new coronavirus, in Bangalore, India (AP)
A man checks his mobile phone as he sits on a cement block tied to concertina wire laid across a road in front of pharmacy shops during an extended lockdown to slow the spreading of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Srinagar, May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Danish Ismail (REUTERS)
A man checks his mobile phone as he sits on a cement block tied to concertina wire laid across a road in front of pharmacy shops during an extended lockdown to slow the spreading of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Srinagar, May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Danish Ismail (REUTERS)

Mobility lower in richer, high-burden states, Google data shows

Google’s mobility reports indicate that states that were hit worst by the coronavirus had lesser public movement than the others

Mumbai: Migrants arrive at Bandra Terminus to board a special train to Jaunpur(UP) arranged by Maharashtra government, during the ongoing nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, in Mumbai, Wednesday, May 13, 2020. (PTI)
Doctors speak with a girl during a free medical camp in Dharavi during lockdown to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in Mumbai (Photo: AP)
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy chairs a cabinet meeting at the state secretariat to review the COVID-19 situation in the state, in Chennai (ANI Photo)
FILE PHOTO: A Google search page is seen through a magnifying glass in this photo illustration taken in Berlin (REUTERS)
File Photo: Deserted view of a coach o Delhi Metro (ANI Photo)
FILE PHOTO: A sign pasted on a security barricade is seen after the India Gate war memorial was closed for visitors amid measures for coronavirus prevention in New Delhi (REUTERS)
Mumbai: Health workers wearing protective suits screen the residents of Koliwada during a house-to-house health survey, after detection of COVID-19 positive cases, during the nationwide lockdown, at Dharavi in Mumbai, Friday, May 8, 2020. (PTI)
Mumbai: Health workers wearing protective suits screen the residents of Koliwada during a house-to-house health survey, after detection of COVID-19 positive cases, during the nationwide lockdown, at Dharavi in Mumbai, Friday, May 8, 2020. (PTI)

Fresh infections, deaths rising faster in India than most countries

Across states, the case fatality rates are lowest in Tamil Nadu (0.7%), Odisha (0.7%), and Kerala (0.8%)

At first glance, the testing numbers suggest that India is not testing enough
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