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India on the brink of reaching grim milestone of 5,000 Covid-19 deaths

It began as a rich man's disease that came to India on the plane and then ended up uprooting the poor as well.

Migrants rest under a bridge in the backdrop of moving traffic on the Delhi-Meerut expressway near Akshardham during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown-4, in New Delhi
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Migrants rest under a bridge in the backdrop of moving traffic on the Delhi-Meerut expressway near Akshardham during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in New Delhi

Ruchika Chitravanshi New Delhi
India is on the brink of a grim milestone of 5,000 Covid deaths within 80 days of the first fatality on March 11. More than half of those who died were elderly persons, with most having underlying health conditions and suffering from lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.

It began as a rich man’s disease that came to India on the plane and then ended up uprooting the poor as well. As migrant labourers head home, some of them possibly taking the virus with them, Covid-19 is fast breaching the rich-poor divide, infecting the people in the slums

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First Published: May 31 2020 | 12:41 AM IST

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