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Lockdown India still appears to be staving off Covid-19 – but will it last?

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India mutated into 36 new Indias on Sunday, as all 29 states and seven union territories closed their borders. Citizens can’t cross over them now. The coronavirus can’t hop around either; or, at least, that is the fervent hope.

First there was the self-isolation dress-rehearsal on March 22. Two days later, the entire nation went into a three-week lockdown. Now, Delhi is doubling down. The trigger was tens of thousands of migrant-workers on the streets of the capital. They all wanted to head home, to be with their own. The glitzy megapolis now holds no attraction for them.

India, home to more than one-sixth of the world’s humanity, hasn’t done too badly against the novel coronavirus so far: Just over 1,250 cases and 32 deaths. There is a prayer in the heart – and a question on the lips: Why has India thus far escaped a worse fate?

It can’t be medical preparedness: India’s healthcare is earnest but poor in pocket. It can’t be hygiene standards, either; for I have seen my foreign friends go into convulsions at stinking........

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