September 22, 2020

Coronavirus: India’s bailout may not be enough to save economy

Mohammad Alam is one of thousands of workers standing in a food queue in India’s capital, Delhi.

The factory where he worked shut down after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus.

A daily-wage labourer, he has no other source of income, so he has been forced to come to a government centre for food. “I don’t know how I will survive, I will have to borrow to feed my family,” he says.

Neeraj Kumar, a migrant worker, decided to flee.

He and his family joined a throng of people leaving the city soon after the lockdown announcement was made. Public transport systems were stopped, leaving people with no choice but to walk.

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