Coronavirus: How UK hospitals are protecting BAME staff from COVID-19

Vitamin D supplements, a points-based system and accessible instructions: these are some of the ways NHS employers are protecting BAME staff, who are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. In a move the British Medical Association calls long overdue, NHS trusts are assessing the level of risk for each healthcare worker, redeploying those who are a greater … Read more Coronavirus: How UK hospitals are protecting BAME staff from COVID-19

India: Under Lockdown | 101 East

Social distancing and good hygiene are essential weapons in the fight against COVID-19. But how can you maintain social distancing in one of the world’s largest slums? How can you wash your hands regularly when there is no running water? And what happens when millions of people who survive on meagre wages are suddenly without … Read more India: Under Lockdown | 101 East

Coronavirus India: Death and despair as migrant workers flee cities – BBC News

India’s strict lockdown to halt the spread of coronavirus meant that most factories and businesses shut down, rendering millions jobless. Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to businesses to keep paying their workers, including daily-wage labourers. But that didn’t happen, and most of the workers were left with little money and food. With no prospect of … Read more Coronavirus India: Death and despair as migrant workers flee cities – BBC News

Rising global poverty amid coronavirus pandemic

Before the pandemic, the number of people in poverty had been steadily falling for years. Now it is rising again for the first time since 1998. That is because all around the world most people cannot go to work, and many have been laid off. And that is particularly difficult for people in poor countries … Read more Rising global poverty amid coronavirus pandemic

Hundreds of migrant workers return to Myanmar from Thailand

After weeks of waiting at the closed border, hundreds of Myanmar migrant workers returned home from Thailand. The #COVID-19 pandemic shuttered factories across Southeast Asia, leaving tens of thousands without jobs. Southeast Asia has reported 194,072 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of May 24. #India has the highest number of cases in Asia with 131,868. … Read more Hundreds of migrant workers return to Myanmar from Thailand

After Covid-19, fears of social instability as China’s jobless rate peaks

As China’s National People’s Congress convenes for its annual session, the issue of unemployment will be one of the items on top of the agenda. In the first quarter of 2020, the country entered a recession for the first time since it started recording this type of economic data. A rise in unemployment quickly followed, … Read more After Covid-19, fears of social instability as China’s jobless rate peaks

Thailand lockdown: Jobless and trapped migrant workers in limbo

Thailand’s four million migrant workers are more vulnerable than ever after recent layoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With most borders closed, thousands are stranded and relying on handouts. And there are fears their situation could get even worse once the country fully returns to work. Al Jazeera’s Scott Heidler reports from Samut Sakhon in … Read more Thailand lockdown: Jobless and trapped migrant workers in limbo

Matt Hancock confirms Boris Johnson to scrap NHS surcharge for migrant healthcare workers

The Health Secretary confirmed Boris Johnson will scrap the NHS surcharge for migrant workers, in the Government’s second U-turn in 24 hours. The Prime Minister has asked the Home Office and the Department for Health and Social Care to remove NHS and care workers from the scheme “as soon as possible”. Matt Hancock also announced … Read more Matt Hancock confirms Boris Johnson to scrap NHS surcharge for migrant healthcare workers

130 Million People Are Jobless in China Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Already challenged by the long economic slowdown and the U.S.-China trade war, China has seen a surge in unemployment rate during the coronavirus pandemic. As many as 130 million people were either out of work or furloughed in the first quarter of this year in China. Accounting for migrant workers who couldn’t travel to cities, job losses … Read more 130 Million People Are Jobless in China Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

India extends coronavirus lockdown to May 31

India has extended its nearly two-month-old lockdown by another two weeks to May 31. The government is struggling to contain the rising number of coronavirus infections, now at more than 95,000. The lockdown extension will be particularly hard on millions of migrant workers who have lost their city jobs and have now gone back home. … Read more India extends coronavirus lockdown to May 31

At least 24 migrant workers killed amid lockdown in India

At least 24 people have died, after two trucks crashed in a northern state in India. All casualties were migrant workers in one of the vehicles. This comes amid a nearly two-month lockdown in India, which has stranded millions of migrant workers. Many of them are defying lockdown rules to return to their villages, some … Read more At least 24 migrant workers killed amid lockdown in India

At least 24 migrant workers killed after road accident in India

At least 24 people died and more than 35 others were injured when two trucks collided with each other in northern India early on Saturday. The accident occurred in the Auraiya district of northern state of Uttar Pradesh. According to media reports, all the victims were migrant workers. #Accident #India #Collision Subscribe to us on … Read more At least 24 migrant workers killed after road accident in India

Tentative restart for Indian Railways even as cases surge

In India, efforts to re-open the country continue with passenger train services partially resuming. The government has already eased some restrictions for private employers, businesses and small shops that are struggling to stay afloat amid the pandemic. Indian Railways renewed ticket sales for passenger services from capital Delhi to 15 destinations on Tuesday. Tens of … Read more Tentative restart for Indian Railways even as cases surge

India rail network reopens with social distancing rules

India’s prime minister has announced an economic package worth $270bn to help farmers, small businesses and migrant workers hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Restrictions are easing despite the biggest single-day increase in infections. The country has also resumed services on parts of its vast railway network, which is one of the largest in the world. … Read more India rail network reopens with social distancing rules

Tentative restart for Indian trains even as COVID-19 cases surge

In India, efforts to reopen the country continue with passenger train services partially resuming. The government has already eased some restrictions for private employers, businesses and small shops that are struggling to stay afloat amid the pandemic. Indian railways are providing passenger services from the capital Delhi to 15 destinations on Tuesday. Tens of thousands … Read more Tentative restart for Indian trains even as COVID-19 cases surge