Sectors Benefited During Lockdown

As the pandemic Corona badly affected certain strong running industries, let us discuss some of the sectors which are benefited and are thriving due to Covid-19.

1. Youtubers

People spend most of their time at home surfing and searching for new media of entertainment. YouTubers making quality videos have seen a 15-20% hike in their views which reflects in their revenue.

2. Telecom Industry

As people around the world are restricted from leaving their homes, they spend most of their time on internet surfing. Recent reports say that there is a 30% increase in data consumption since lockdown and telecom giants like Airtel and Reliance Jio are benefiting most from this. Work from home in most of the IT industries also contributed to boosting data usage.

3. Supermarkets, Local Grocery Stores

There was a bulk purchase of products like hand sanitizers from supermarkets in the initial stage of the lockdown. Newly delivered products were sold out within hours. There was a tendency of panic-buying and stockpiling among the people. Even now people are purchasing food items in excess fearing the food shortage.

4. Doordarshan & News channels

Doordarshan has become the most-watched channel in the past week. Ever since DD National started re-broadcasting classic shows such as Ramayan and Mahabharat as part of its lockdown broadcasting schedule, the channel’s TRP rate has hiked. Also, a sudden surge in the viewership rates of News channels is seen during the lockdown.

5. Amazon Prime, Netflix, and online gaming

Online video streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hotstar report increased viewership. Online gaming platforms are also experiencing record volumes.

6. Online courses & Videoconferencing

Video conferencing platforms like Zoom has benefitted most during lockdown as the demand for webinars and group-calls has increased. Online education platforms like Coursera, EdX, and Unacademy are also making their most out of this quarantine.

7. Social Networking sites

Recent reports show that 75% of people were spending more time on Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp compared to previous months. Indians are seen spending more than four hours of their time on social media. The display of ads in Social Media and digital marketing is creating a spike in the revenues of these firms.

8. Freelance Job websites & Freelancers

There is an increasing demand for freelancers in online freelancing job sites like Upwork, Fiverr, and Guru. High demand for jobs related to the IT industry, writers, designers, and data analysts are seen. These websites are making more profit through the percentage of commission they earn once a freelancer gets the job done.


Kerala Model Tackling of Covid-19

Twenty days back on March 16 Keralites were down in the dumps after being declared as the state having most of the Covid-19 cases reported. Today, the world is appreciating Kerala for the proactive measures they have taken to flatten the Corona Virus curve.

Kasargod, the district in Kerala where the most number of Covid19 cases were reported was shut down completely a day before the nationwide lockdown. The government warned people from going out of their homes and provided facilities for the home delivery of essential items. Authorities tracked the movement of people in quarantine using geofencing. Kottayam district police was the first to adopt this program. Police also introduced drones to track the movement of the public.

In the Mid-March itself government launched a mass handwashing campaign named ”Break The Chain’, which aimed to educate people about the importance of public and personal hygiene. People were urged to use hand Sanitizers when they are outdoors, even roadside handwashing kiosks were installed in most public places in the state.

Kerala deployed more than 30,000 health workers in response to the coronavirus pandemic. This was the first state to institute a three-week quarantine for suspected cases. Free Kits, worth around Rs 1,000 were distributed via Ration shops in Kerala. The Kit included 1 kg sugar, 250 gm tea powder, 1 kg salt, green gram, 500-liter cooking oil, 2 kg atta, 1 kg Rava, 1 kg black channa and soaps among others. They set up community kitchens and appointed IAS officers at the state level to oversee these efforts. The state also took several measures to ensure the health and safety of its migrant workers.

From their previous experience in tackling the Nipah Virus, the government imposed various measures and protocols in place to mitigate the mortality rate and spreading of this pandemic.