Covid-19 and Its Impacts

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Vikas Sharma, Shikha Tyagi, Manish Kumar


India is in the midst of a conflict for its future economic and social relations one year after the Covid-19 pandemic began. During this time, the Indian government promoted policies that exacerbated labour exploitation and increased inequality. Both past economic crises, experience and early signs of labour market and social effects during the present epidemic, implies that the COVID19 crisis will disproportionately affect immigrants and their offspring. Prior battles to replicate conditions for accumulation and resolve the social reproduction dilemma can be traced back to these measures. This paper contends that this process will likely continue long after India and other countries have recovered economically from the pandemic, and that these contestations may provide possibilities for uniting struggles across existing boundaries. A pneumonia outbreak of unknown origin was reported in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019. Epidemiological evidence linked cases of pneumonia to the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market. Inoculation of respiratory materials into human airway epithelial cells, Vero E6 and Huh7 cell lines, resulted in the isolation of a novel respiratory virus, which was later identified as a novel coronavirus linked to SARS-CoV after genome analysis (SARS-CoV-2).

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