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Herd Immunity in India?

Migrant workers arriving from neighboring states line up as they wait to undergo Covid-19 rapid antigen testing at a temporary facility set up at the Anand Vihar inter-state bus terminal in New Delhi, India, on Aug. 18.

Migrant workers arriving from neighboring states line up as they wait to undergo Covid-19 rapid antigen testing at a temporary facility set up at the Anand Vihar inter-state bus terminal in New Delhi, India, on Aug. 18.

Photographer: T. Narayan/Bloomberg

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The numbers are startlingly high across India: Nearly 30% of capital city New Delhi’s 16 million people have had the coronavirus; in the western city of Pune, more than 50% have had it in some of the most densely packed neighborhoods. In financial center Mumbai’s slums, nearly 60% show evidence of infection and recovery.