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Exempt tech workers from proposed visa restrictions in US: Nasscom – Times of India
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Exempt tech workers from proposed visa restrictions in US: Nasscom – Times of India

NEW DELHI: IT industry body Nasscom on Friday sought exemption for technology workers from restrictions that may be imposed in the US, saying such staff is playing an essential role in keeping critical infrastructure operating in America. The statement comes amid reports that the US is considering suspension of a number of employment visas including the H-1B - which is much sought-after among Indian IT professionals - in view of the massive unemployment in America due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nasscom said as businesses reopen, it is important for the US to access talent critical to the recovery phase, and American enterprises need access to essential technology workers who are keeping critical infrastructure operating. "These include healthcare, hospitals and online services and playin...
COVID-19 Can Last for Several Months
Corona

COVID-19 Can Last for Several Months

For Vonny LeClerc, day one was March 16.Hours after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson instated stringent social-distancing measures to halt the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, LeClerc, a Glasgow-based journalist, arrived home feeling shivery and flushed. Over the next few days, she developed a cough, chest pain, aching joints, and a prickling sensation on her skin. After a week of bed rest, she started improving. But on day 12, every old symptom returned, amplified and with reinforcements: She spiked an intermittent fever, lost her sense of taste and smell, and struggled to breathe.When I spoke with LeClerc on day 66, she was still experiencing waves of symptoms. “Before this, I was a fit, healthy 32-year-old,” she said. “Now I’ve been reduced to not being a...