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Rural Areas at Risk During COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Ranscombe, Peter.
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The Lancet
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One of the most striking images of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic came after India's government initiated a 3-week lockdown on March 24, 2020, forcing millions of migrant workers to flood out of its cities on foot and return to their homes in the countryside, amid promises of financial help for casual laborer’s. Days later, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi used his weekly radio address to beg for forgiveness from the poorest members of society, who were being left without jobs and food due to the shutdown.