Although coronavirus cases in India, Pakistan and throughout the region have not risen as fast as is feared (so far), the South Asian economy is struggling hard. Sri Lanka and the Maldives experienced a surge in cases.
South Asia increases COVID-19 response: Coronavirus cases continue to increase in most South Asian countries, although experts’ worst worries about excessive health systems have not yet occurred. Only the Himalayan countries, Nepal and Bhutan have managed to maintain coronavirus at an almost undetectable level. The corona virus pandemic has spurred regional cooperation, especially for regions characterized by this lack. On April 23, Pakistan hosted a videoconference of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) health ministers. India has engaged in what could be called “hydroxychloroquine diplomacy,” supplying millions of units of anti-malaria drugs which some say help helping COVID-19 patients to Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Maldives, among other countries.
Noteworthy is the striking gender differences in the COVID-19 case in all regions. Maybe because of greater exposure, disease severity, access to testing, or other factors, the men make up 81 percent positive cases in the Maldives, 79 percent in Pakistan, and 68 percent in Bangladesh.
Gloomy economic prospects for India: Forty-day lockouts in India, which will end on May 3, have saved thousands of lives, based on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Even though the hospital has not overwhelmed yet, cases continue to increase, despite relatively small numbers for the large population of India. India has more than thirty-three thousand case on April 30, almost twelve thousand in the state of Maharashtra. Indians for the most part take orders seriously to stay home. In fact, overall death rate in many parts of the country it is lower than in previous years, perhaps due to fewer or less reported traffic accidents.
The Indian economy will need a long time to recover from lockdown. On April 28, Moody returned downgraded its economic growth prospects for 2020, from 2.5 to 0.2 percent. A the election Indian economists suggest the economy will shrink 5.2% in the second fiscal quarter, which will be the first Indian quarter contraction since at least the 1990s. On April 27, Indian MP remembering a package that would make a small business eligible to take on extra debt supported by Modi’s administration. A leading agricultural economist this week urged the Indian government to design many things greater stimulus around 5% of GDP to save the economy.
Unemployment fell from 26 to 21 percent, according to the Indian Economic Supervision Center’s private survey data, on April 26 as India gradually lifted restrictions on certain sectors, especially in rural areas. The Modi government allowed manufacturing and agriculture that were not important, including agricultural industries such as fertilizer, restart in areas that are not too affected. Lots expect the government is to extend the closure after May 3 in the “red zone” which was hit hard but lifted more restrictions elsewhere.
Economic package in Pakistan: In much of the world, Ramadan is an isolated business for Muslims this year. In Pakistan, where Prime Minister Imran Khan is subject to pressure from religious leaders to allow prayer together in the mosque, despite the concerns of medical professionals. Pakistan be extended locked until May 9 but allows the export industry and some commercial activities to continue. To support the faltering economy, the IMF predict will contract by 1.5% this fiscal year, the government Approved package to pay 350,000 small business utility bills. Officials also said they would negotiate for debt relief with eleven countries, including the United States. The IMF has Approved disbursement of $ 1.4 billion to Pakistan to offset the cost of the pandemic response.
On April 30th, Khan the word that the country’s death rate was “lower than feared.” An official note down that cases are 30 to 35 percent lower than predicted; on the other hand, Pakistan only has the capacity to test only eight thousand people per day. Pakistan has more than 16,000 confirmed case and 358 deaths on April 30.
Despite restrictions, Bangladeshi factories reopened: Bangladesh’s national “public holiday”, which closes most of the business with the exception of producers of agricultural and industrial goods, was extended for ten days until May 5. After a month’s pause, more than two thousand ready-made garment factories have been completed reopened with fewer workers for safety reasons. Despite a ban on traveling to Dhaka, thousands of desperate workers packed the city with ferries, car rickshaws and on foot. Health experts have criticized the decision to reopen the factory, saying workers will face risks. Government directed factory owners pay garment workers 60 percent of their wages for April despite factory closures.
Bangladesh has more than seven thousand total cases, of which are five hundred doctor, as of April 30. COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in 95 percent districts and cities in the country, and its capital, Dhaka, is the worst hotspot. However, total per capita testing, under 300 per million, lower than many of its neighbors such as India, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
The Taliban reject the proposal of an Afghan humanitarian truce: Taliban, angry with slow release of prisoners by the Afghan government under the US-Taliban peace agreement, reject the UN, WE., and President Ashraf Ghani’s call for a truce to load the corona and virus stepped in attack on Afghan troops. The fighting limits the Afghan public health response and jeopardizes peace negotiations. News reports this week characterize President Trump as encouraging interesting all troops.
Official testing has resulted 1,949 cases in Afghanistan on April 29, although the actual number is likely to be much higher – on April 22, Afghanistan is testing the fair one hundred samples per day. Assistance promises to Afghanistan to help have a pandemic sparked debate more than the capacity of the government to manage funds directly, versus the ability of non-governmental organizations.
Nepalese, at home or far away, are trapped in limbo: Nepal’s national ban on almost all movements on foot or by vehicle continue an additional ten days until May 7. However, workers who are unemployed with children have been observed walk long distance back to the village of origin. The government has not yet decided whether to lift some restrictions on agriculture and industry, as has been done by India. However, this picture of Nepal is incomplete without considering millions of migrant workers in distant places, especially the Persian Gulf and Southeast Asia. That Nepal time report at least fifty Nepalis living abroad have died of COVID-19. International flights to Nepal are it depends until May 15, including for citizens. Although the Nepali health system handles only thirty-eight active case on April 28th, now must fight too measles outbreak after the vaccination drive is interrupted.
Hundreds of Sri Lankan sailors have fallen ill: Sri Lanka has 649 confirmed cases on April 29, a number that has increased sharply in the past two weeks. The Government of Gotabaya Rajapaksa has applied lockdown in Sri Lanka heavily. Police was arrested more than forty thousand people for violating the curfew between March 20 and April 28. On April 25th, Sri Lanka reapplied complete national lock and key be extended until May 4. The central government had previously lifted restrictions in most districts, though not the capital, at noon hours, but withdrew after almost 250 years. sailor at a naval base near Colombo tested positive
Bhutan is spared the plague: Bhutan relies heavily on contact tracing and goes far beyond its regional counterparts in testing (relative to its population) to prevent the spread of COVID-19. With twelve total cases, this country has the fewest in South Asia, although it also has the second smallest population. Store it still has to close at 7:00 pm every night, but Prime Minister Lotay Tshering said on April 25 that he did not anticipate need to apply tight locks on Indian style. Unemployed Bhutan can apply for help from royal family funds. On 27 April, the United Nations Development Program was announced that he will disburse $ 340,000 to the Bhutanese government to improve the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 monitoring technology, supply personal protective equipment, and disseminate information to vulnerable groups. Bhutanese official expect GDP growth slowed this year to 4.7 percent; The World Bank weather forecast for Bhutan in 2020, by comparison, is 2.2 to 2.9 percent.
Maldives: The Maldives has only a few new cases spread until mid-April, when the numbers start to grow rapidly. More than 40 percent of the Maldives is 278 total cases as of April 29th, I am a Bangladeshi citizen. Based on Human Rights InstituteBangladeshi migrant workers make up a quarter of the Maldivian population. Only one person died; about 70 percent of cases are under the age of forty. On April 17, the government ordered people in the capital, Male, to stay home for two weeks and then extend the lockdown until mid-May. Travel between islands is still delayed.
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