India has declared a lockdown for all 1.3 billion inhabitants. In practice, millions of poor people who have lost their jobs with their families are now on their way to the villages they come from.
In many cities, they are packed together with homeless people in large crowds, and there is a fear that the coronavirus might be spread in this way.
Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government took a very drastic measure to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
As in many other countries, he declared a complete lockdown. So everyone has to stay at home, but that is no easy task in a country with 1.3 billion inhabitants.
First and foremost, in large cities such as Delhi, Mumbai or Kolkata (Calcutta), many homeless people have nowhere to go.
Much more in number are the day labourers and workers – men and women – who have now lost their jobs, no longer have an income and can no longer afford their rent or food.
There is hardly any social care, so these people go to the villages where they came from.