In one of the world’s largest slums, the fight against the coronavirus has turned into a struggle to survive
Chowdhary’s tiny phone repair shop had been closed for weeks. He was ashamed of needing help but was gripped by fear, both of the future and of the disease stalking the city of Mumbai.
Before the coronavirus, “our life was limited and small, but it was good,” he said. “Now everything is ruined.”
Chowdhary is one of hundreds of millions of Indians left without a safety net as the nation confronts a once-in-a-century pandemic. The struggle to stop the virus has put countries like India in an impossible predicament: the same measures that public health experts say are necessary to save lives also risk endangering millions of others.
India’s nationwide lockdown, instituted March 25, was one of the strictest in the world. It is set to last until at least May 17. Some restrictions on commerce and movement have been eased in recent weeks, and the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infection is rising rapidly, with more than 70,000 across the country.
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[Source: Washington Post]