Bursting at the seams, urban slums became soft targets for coronavirus

ICMR began the second round of serosurvey around five days back to determine how many more Indians have been exposed to the infection since the first such exercise was conducted in May during the nationwide lockdown. | Photo - PTI

Almost all roads leading to Sathya Nagar slum settlement in Thiru Vi Ka Nagar zone of Chennai were busy, with people moving around to fetch water or other essentials and men standing in groups, enquiring about any daily-wage jobs available.

In one corner of one of the streets, one man from a group standing near a grocery shop seemed to be unaware that the street too had become a COVID-19 containment zone.

On seeing the containment zone board, he wondered aloud, “Oh, now this also has become a containment zone?”

“How many have got corona in this street?” a man from the group asks the grocery shopkeeper while getting a beedi.

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