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Doctors say India must prepare for an ‘onslaught’ as one of Asia’s biggest slums reports first coronavirus death

Doctors say India must prepare for an ‘onslaught’ as one of Asia’s biggest slums reports first coronavirus death

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  1. > Home to around 1 million people, Dharavi slum has a population density almost 30 times greater than New York — about 280,000 people per square kilometer. Doctors say the situation would be unmanageable if a sustained coronavirus outbreak spread rapidly through one of India’s many slums, **where there is little sanitation or running water and thousands of people live cheek by jowl — making social distancing physically and economically impossible.**

    That’s a lot of people jammed into a very small area without basic hygiene. I will never complain about my ~~crappy~~ glorious apartment again.

  2. Indias age structure diagram is currently in an expansive stage meaning it has a large youthful population and a small number of older people. Its shaped like a pyramid. Compare that it Italy’s population which was (and is) currently in a contractive stage where the majority of people are middle aged (40-55). It looks a top heavy. If it hits India, there are less ‘prime’ targets for the virus to hit but still it has a huge population which could be a high death toll.

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