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Social Distancing Is a Privilege

Added 03-28-20 01:34:02pm EST - “For a daily laborer in Mumbai, staying home means "my children and my wife will die."” - Foreignpolicy.com

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For Indian Muslims forced from their homes by mob violence, not even displaced persons camps can protect them now.

Democrats pushing back on sanctions, the use of colonial-era quarantine laws, and blaming China for the coronavirus.

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On March 24, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a complete nationwide lockdown for 21 days—one of the strongest national measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The decision marked a sharp turn. Just a week ago, the world’s second-most populous country was being seen as a mysterious anomaly that had remained relatively unscathed from the deadly pandemic. But then the math caught up. As the lockdown began, the number of confirmed cases in the country was beginning to grow exponentially, rising to 933 by March 28.

While New Delhi has taken decisive action, there are fears it has come too late and that too many of the country’s poor and homeless will be left exposed. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, a pandemic as long ago as March 11. Back then, India refused to label it a health emergency, and large parts of the country continued about business as usual. Even now, the entire country has tested fewer than 30,000 people, representing one of the lowest testing rates in the world.

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