Coronavirus: Why the United States is on the brink of COVID-19 catastrophe

That is significant, because during the testing shortage, even patients with clear coronavirus symptoms could not access test kits. Which means an unknown number of people died from the virus without being added to the official death toll.

Fiscal freefall for state and local governments: The crisis we are not (yet) addressing

The plunge in economic activity from the coronavirus crisis will soon bring about a free fall in state and local government revenues. As sales taxes dry up, incomes shrink and state income tax payments are postponed, state and local governments will face painful choices. The just-passed stimulus bill (the CARES Act) includes $150 billion in […]

Bay Area’s air quality near nation’s worst, climate change to blame: Report

The metropolitan areas of San Jose-San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, Redding-Red Bluff, Chico and Los Angeles all saw more unhealthy air days on average in this report than last year’s report. In addition to the nine counties traditionally considered to make up the Bay Area, the report also included San Joaquin, Santa Cruz and San […]

Japan’s PM Abe to declare state of emergency as coronavirus COVID-19 cases surge in the country

Pressure had been mounting on the government to make the move as the pace of infections continues to accelerate – particularly in the capital – even though it remains slow for now compared with the United States, countries in Europe and China, where thousands have died.

Lessons From Wartime Economics

If this is right, what lessons might we learn from “wartime economics”—beyond a cautionary reminder that the standard economic tools available to us (cutting interest rates, carefully increasing government spending) are no match for the magnitude of the moment?

Agency: 2nd US case of person who got virus from community

The Santa Clara County resident was treated at a local hospital and is not known to have traveled to Solano County, where public health officials have identified dozens of people — but less than 100 — who had close contact with the case announced Thursday. They are quarantined in their homes. and a few who […]

Sterling falls after PM Johnson enters hospital over coronavirus symptoms

In the offshore market, China’s yuan CNH=D3 held steady at 7.1084 per dollar after the mainland reported 39 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, all but one of them imported, up from the 30 reported a day earlier. China’s mainland markets are closed Monday for a public holiday.

FOREX-Pound down after coronavirus-stricken Johnson taken to hospital for tests

Currencies of major oil producers fell in Asia on Monday as oil prices gave up some of their recent gains after Saudi Arabia and Russia postponed to Thursday a meeting about a potential pact to cut production.

FOREX-Sterling falls after PM Johnson hospitalised over persistent coronavirus symptoms

In the offshore market, China’s yuan held steady at 7.1134 per dollar after the mainland reported 39 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, all but one of them imported, up from the 30 reported a day earlier. China’s mainland markets are closed Monday for a public holiday.

COVID-19 | Importance of street-level bureaucracy to fight the pandemic

India spends less than 2 percent of its GDP on healthcare. The WHO states that the ideal doctor to population ratio should be 1:1000. According to the National Health Profile 2019, India has a doctor-population ratio of 1:1457. For those living in rural areas, this ratio plummets to 1:10926. Further, as the Centre for Policy […]