NEW DELHI

The current nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 has hurt India’s poor and workers in the informal sector.

Describing the COVID-19 crises, most terrible since World War II, the International Labor Organization has estimated that nearly 400 million people working in the informal sector in India may be trapped in poverty.

What is unnerving the laborers and daily wage earners is that the government is thinking of extending the 21-day lockdown period, which was scheduled to end on April 14, because of the fear of the pandemic outbreak in the community.

Rahul Vishwakarma, a waiter at

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