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India Coronavirus Dispatch: Concerns over infections among primitive tribes

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Shreegireesh Jalihal New Delhi
Why Covid reaching primitive tribes is a concern: In Odisha, members of Bonda and Didayi tribes have tested positive for the virus. These are primitive tribes characterised by physical isolation, low literacy rates, stagnant population and pre-agricultural economy. The fact that members of these tribes are infected by the virus is a matter of grave concern. According to a public health newsletter realised by the Odisha government, the health status of these tribals is quite low due to poverty. Their immunity, in particular, is in bad shape. Further, their lifestyle is community-driven which makes the spread of the virus easier

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First Published: Sep 22 2020 | 3:27 PM IST

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