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Coronavirus

In India's slums, social distancing is a luxury that can't be afforded

Poverty and religious gatherings elevate risk of infections

In Dharavi, people who do not have surgical masks make do with handkerchiefs or shirtsleeves tied around the mouth.   © Reuters

MUMBAI -- Although India enacted the world's biggest lockdown five weeks ago, the country's heavily concentrated slums remain potential breeding grounds for the novel coronavirus, putting millions who cannot afford to socially distance at risk.

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