India

Coronavirus: Stiff test for strained health system

Doctors in front of an isolation ward for coronavirus patients at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar, India, on March 7. India has set up 52 testing stations and is creating more such facilities.
Doctors in front of an isolation ward for coronavirus patients at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar, India, on March 7. India has set up 52 testing stations and is creating more such facilities.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

This is how Covid-19 is hitting home in India: On phones, no longer does the latest Bollywood hit ring out as the connecting tone - what Indians hear now is ominous coughing, followed by a public service message with advice on how to stop the spread of the virus.

Telecoms operators began playing a Health Ministry-approved message from March 8, following a request from the government.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 15, 2020, with the headline 'Stiff test for strained health system'. Subscribe