India’s 1.3 billion people have been told to stay at home. For some, it will mean starving. And an already fragile economy may collapse.
Hari Kumar“The kind of devastation that is going to be faced by the bottom 50 percent of the workers in the informal sector is unimaginable,” said Jayati Ghosh, an economist at JNU
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About 1.3 billion Indians have been told to stay at home. For some, it will mean starving. And an already-fragile economy may collapse.
Hari Kumar“People are hoping that India will overcome this disease in 14 days,” said Chandrasekhar Bhattacharya, a newspaper journalist in the city.
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Across the north, including New Delhi, plunging temperatures have caused a run on shelters in a region more used to extreme heat.
Hari Kumar“In such biting cold, it is not possible to sleep without a roof,” said Manmohan Singh, a laborer who earns less than $10 a day and sometimes sleeps in the shelter.
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