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Voice of America 25 Mar 2020

COVID India Lockdown


India is under lockdown following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's order for people to stay at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. India's 21-day ban on venturing out puts nearly one-fifth of the world's population under lockdown. VOA correspondent Mariama Diallo has more.

On this episode of The Listening Post: India's lockdown has magnified two of the country's most serious social ills: inequality and Islamophobia. Plus, what is it like to photograph the coronavirus pandemic? India's lockdown: Narratives of inequality and Islamophobia India is now one month into the world's biggest lockdown. Just hours before it was announced, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with media owners and editors and asked them to "serve as a link between the government and people" - in other words, to produce positive news stories. Simple request or tacit warning? The pandemic has also exacerbated a chronic condition in Indian news media - Islamophobia. Some outlets have even accused Muslims of creating and spreading the virus, a hateful narrative that not only plays right into the hands of Modi's BJP government, but also leaves millions bereft of potentially lifesaving information. Contributors: Pragya Tiwari - Delhi-based writer Betwa Sharma - politics editor, HuffPost India Barkha Dutt - editor, Mojo Arfa Khanum Sherwani - senior editor, The Wire On our radar: Richard Gizbert speaks to producer Meenakshi Ravi about contact tracing - the hi-tech means of tracking the COVID-19 outbreak - and why European countries are struggling to implement it. Portrait of a pandemic: Capturing the spaces we call home Lockdown has changed everything - millions have been confined to their homes and public spaces have been left deserted. While journalists, like everyone else, have struggled to adapt to new and unprecedented working conditions, photojournalists have found opportunity amid the adversity. The Listening Post's Flo Phillips talks to three photographers - each with a unique perspective on life under lockdown - and how it has changed the way we inhabit the spaces in which we live. Contributors: Marzio Toniolo - teacher and photographer Phil Penman - photographer Ravi Choudhary - photographer, Press Trust of India


Note: Our report on Indian media coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic contained two errors that we have now corrected. We had said "half a billion" Indians live below the poverty line. The actual number is 270,000,000 - over a quarter of a billion. We had also said that India's lockdown began seven weeks after the WHO announced the pandemic. In fact the lockdown was announced seven weeks after the WHO called the coronavirus a global public health crisis.

Italy is tiptoeing back from the COVID-19 lockdown. People are shopping, going to mass and visiting museums. But many cultural centers said they did not yet feel ready to open their doors to the public despite lockdown guidelines easing.
Pupils and educational experts are calling on the government to do more to ensure all students have access to laptops and digital face-to-face contact with teachers during lockdown.

Aaron Billingsley, 15, from Sutton Coldfield, said: "We are having to teach ourselves multiple subjects, around 10 altogether, without any face-to-face interaction or Zoom video calling."

A study of teachers shows that under lockdown hundreds of thousands of children from disadvantaged families are experiencing less than an hour of home schooling a day, while wealthier children are more likely to study for several hours a day.

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Some areas in the UK are more likely to have lockdown restrictions reimposed than others.

Sky News looks at why Leicester was locked down and how its COVID-19 infection rate compares to other parts of the country.

The government's strategy of imposing local lockdowns has come under scrutiny, with some claiming it is taking too long to share testing data with local leaders.

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