Low-cost coffins provided to poor families in New Delhi as virus toll mounts | AFP

A carpenter, commissioned by the New Delhi based NGO World Peace Organisation, makes low-cost coffins with plyboard for coronavirus victims and given for free to poor families that cannot afford them. India’s Covid-19 death toll is the eighth highest in the world, this week jumping past 20,000.

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Pompeo welcomes India’s ban on Chinese apps including TikTok | AFP

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomes India’s sweeping ban on Chinese apps including TikTok, saying New Delhi is ensuring its own security. “India’s clean app approach will boost Indian’s sovereignty,” he tells reporters. SOUNDBITE

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Indians comment after New Delhi bans TikTok | AFP

Indians react to the banning of popular Chinese app TikTok as New Delhi’s ties with Beijing deteriorate sharply following a deadly border clash.

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Coronavirus Is Breaking India’s Public Health System

India’s lockdown was supposed to give hospitals time to prepare for reopening. Instead, cities like New Delhi are being overwhelmed by the pandemic.

We meet with relatives of patients who say they don’t have access to basic necessities

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Delhi converts spiritual centre into 10,000-bed virus isolation facility | AFP

With New Delhi’s hospitals under pressure due to rising cases of patients infected with the coronavirus, the Delhi government is converting a spiritual centre into a coronavirus isolation facility with over 10,000 beds spread over a sprawling area. Among the thousands of beds, some are made from cardboard, which the government says is easier to dispose of and more environmentally friendly.

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Hurried funerals as India’s virus cases climb

The new coronavirus has made honoring the dead in New Delhi a hurried affair, largely devoid of the meaningful rituals for the grieving families. (June 12)

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Indian factories struggle as virus causes mass migrant exodus | AFP

An acute shortage of workers has turned the roar of machines to a soft hum at a footwear factory near New Delhi, just one of thousands in India struggling to restart after an exodus of migrant workers during the virus lockdown.

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People line up at New Delhi airport as domestic flights start up again | AFP

People line up at New Delhi airport as domestic flights re-commence after a two month long shutdown implemented to contain the spread of the coronavirus. IMAGES

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Sikh kitchens feed New Delhi’s masses in lockdown

For centuries the Bangla Sahib Gurdwara in India’s capital city has served free meals to people from all religions, keeping in line with the Sikh tradition of service. But during the country’s ongoing coronavirus lockdown, religious gatherings are banned and there are no visitors to serve. (May 21)

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India extends nationwide lockdown through May as virus cases rise | AFP

Residents in New Delhi react to India’s extension of its coronavirus lockdown until the end of May following the biggest single-day jump in cases in the country. The lockdown affecting 1.3 billion people — the world’s largest — has been in force since late March and has been devastating for India’s poor.

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Long lines outside station as some Indian trains roll again despite virus surge | AFP

ThHundreds of passengers line up to enter the New Delhi railway station as India partially resumes train services as part of lockdown easing measures — even as new cases surged.

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People wait at Delhi station as railways resume some operations | AFP

People wait outside a New Delhi train station as India’s railways resume partial operations. The country of 1.3 billion imposed a strict shutdown in late March, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has credited with keeping cases to a modest 70,000, with around 2,000 deaths. IMAGES

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Indian mobile virus testing van hits Delhi streets | AFP

People queue up to receive coronavirus swab tests at a mobile Covid-19 testing van in New Delhi on Wednesday. India’s confirmed coronavirus death toll passed 1,000 on Wednesday following its highest daily increase, but numbers remain relatively low compared with Europe and the United States.

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Pollution levels plummet in New Delhi during virus lockdown | AFP

Images from New Delhi compare one of the worst days of pollution in the city, in November last year, to clear skies during India’s coronavirus lockdown.

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Lockdown reveals fresh and clean air in India

India’s extended lockdown to prevent spread of the new coronavirus has drastically improved air quality and visibility, turning the skies over New Delhi a rare blue. (April 22)

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Coronavirus: India extends world’s biggest lockdown | AFP

India’s nationwide coronavirus lockdown, the biggest in the world which covers 1.3 billion people, has been extended until at least May 3. The move comes despite complaints from millions of poor, a vast underclass who have been left almost completely without support as jobs have vanished and incomes dried up. IMAGES from empty streets in capital New Delhi AND SOUNDBITES from local residentsNΒ°1QL0FG

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Coronavirus: Yoga class for the homeless at New Delhi shelter | AFP

A yoga instructor leads a class for homeless people in New Delhi at a sports complex serving as a temporary shelter. India is under a government-imposed nationwide lockdown aimed at stemming the spread of coronavirus.

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Monkeys, dogs, cows reclaim India’s streets amid virus lockdown | AFP

Dozens of monkeys, dogs and cows roam the deserted streets of New Delhi, leading an animal offensive taking advantage of the country’s coronavirus lockdown.

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India gets first drive-through coronavirus tests | AFP

India’s first drive-through testing centre has opened in New Delhi, requiring a doctor’s prescription and costing roughly $60. India has so far recorded over 5,000 coronavirus cases, but since it has so far carried out little testing among the 1.3 billion population, experts caution the real number is likely to be far higher.

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Coronavirus : French citizens arrive at New Delhi airport to be repatriated to France | AFP

French nationals arrive at New Delhi airport in buses chartered by the French Embassy in India, to board the first repatriation flight which is expected to take about 500 French nationals back home. The majority of them are tourists trapped by the 21-day national lockdown ordered by the Indian government to fight the spread of coronavirus. IMAGES

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New Delhi roads quiet under virus lockdown | AFP

Few vehicles and pedestrians are seen on New Delhi’s usually clogged streets, as India’s 1.3 billion people go under lockdown for 21 days to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus: A drive through Delhi as India goes into total lockdown | AFP

Only a handful of vehicles are to be seen on roads in India’s capital New Delhi, as the country’s billion-plus population goes into a three-week lockdown. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: India’s three-week lockdown begins | AFP

Roads are empty in New Delhi as India’s 1.3 billion people go under lockdown for 21 days to curb the coronavirus spread, restricting movement to only essential services. IMAGES

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Panic-buying as India goes under total lockdown | AFP

New Delhi and Mumbai residents queue up outside stores to buy essentials, minutes after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the country’s 1.3 billion people will go under “total lockdown” for 21 days to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus: Empty streets and closed shops as India’s capital goes into lockdown | AFP

India’s capital New Delhi is under lockdown, with only essential services allowed to function, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. With more than 400 confirmed cases and seven deaths, testing has expanded in the country of 1.3 billion people amid concerns that the the numbers vastly understate the true scale of the crisis.

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