India is a poor country. How serious and immediate might the impact be of shutting things down?


A large part of the country is really in the informal economy. They’re not in the formal sector. So they depend on agriculture. More than half the country depends on agriculture. The production side is impacted in places where farmers are affected by the lockdown, and they are unable to sell their crops. Additionally, there is going to be a crush of migrants, who were previously working in cities and sending money back to villages, who are now out of work and back in villages themselves, so that adds to the rural burden. Rural India will certainly take a hit in terms of health, but hopefully we can find ways to protect the farm economy.