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Amid lockdown, Kenyan medical startup brings clinic to your home

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Nathalie Maikere sat at her dining table, her two children playing video games a few feet away, as a doctor in a lab coat unpacked her medical bag and took her temperature, pulse, and blood pressure.

A man displays the TIBU Health app of the Nairobi-based startup on his phone in Nairobi, Kenya May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Maikere is one of over 600 Nairobians getting medical care at home through TIBU Health, a Kenyan startup.

It is a small player in a global movement towards home-based medical care, and its March launch coincided with the coronavirus pandemic that has forced much of the world’s population to stay at home.

“People think that health equals clinic or hospital whenever I’m sick,” said CEO and co-founder Jason Carmichael. “They don’t realize that … often you don’t even need to go to a clinic. Or that it can come

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From bikes to blockchain: Shipping industry goes digital in lockdown

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – The coronavirus lockdown has accelerated a digitalisation drive in a global shipping and logistics sector that still routinely delivers many documents by bike messenger in some countries, according to industry leaders.

FILE PHOTO: The Maersk Line container ship Maersk Sentosa is helped by tugs as it navigates the River Mersey in Liverpool, Britain, July 31, 2018. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Ports operator DP World (DPW.DI) said on Thursday it would join shipping company Maersk (MAERSKb.CO) and other peers in a blockchain platform aimed at limiting the sector’s costly paper trail.

“The situation around the coronavirus is a very good catalyst for making sure everyone in the supply chain can communicate with each other digitally,” Mike Bhaskaran, DP World’s chief operating officer for logistics and technology, told Reuters.

The Dubai-based company, one of the world’s biggest port operators, plans to connect its entire business, including its

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Uber cuts 600 jobs in India as lockdown hits business

FILE PHOTO: Uber’s logo is pictured at its office in Bogota, Colombia, December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez/File Photo

BENGALURU (Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc will cut around 600 jobs in India as part of its plans to cut 23% of its global workforce, as the company navigates a lockdown that has brought businesses in the country to a grinding halt.

Last week, Uber said it would focus on its core businesses of ride-hailing and food delivery, and cut staffing by more than a third globally in an attempt to become profitable despite the coronavirus pandemic.

“The impact of Covid-19 and the unpredictable nature of the recovery has left Uber IndiaSA with no choice but to reduce the size of its workforce,” Uber India and South Asia President Pradeep Parameswaran said.

The company’s rival in India, SoftBank Group-backed Ola said last week it would cut abut 1,400 jobs as a lockdown

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Alibaba’s sales surge as people shop online during lockdown

(Reuters) – Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N) on Friday reported forecast-beating fourth-quarter revenues and profits, as more people shopped online for essentials because of the coronavirus lockdowns.

FILE PHOTO: A logo of Alibaba Group is seen at an exhibition during the World Intelligence Congress in Tianjin, China May 16, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo

As people stayed indoors and brick-and-mortar stores remained shut during the health crisis, online orders surged, with the company’s core commerce business rising nearly 19% to 93.87 billion yuan ($13.16 billion) in the quarter.

Revenue at its cloud computing business rose about 58%.

Alibaba CFO Maggie Wu said the results contrasted with the company’s guidance from the previous quarter, when it had predicted a drop in revenue.

“I’m pleased to report we reported better than expected March quarter results,” she said.

With China’s economy starting up again much ahead of major economies in Europe and

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