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Epidemics and their Urban Context: COVID-19 and Lessons from Wuhan

The impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented across the world and urban cities have faced it in full force and are among the worst affected. It began in the city of Wuhan in China and spread to other cities within and outside China. In India too, most metropolitan cities especially Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad have the maximum number of cases and these numbers are increasing as we speak. Once infections emerge in or reach urban centres, they tend to progress rapidly. Even in normal circumstances urban settings are challenged with huge density of population in housing, workplaces as well as in the use of public transportation and public spaces. All these challenges become pronounced in times of outbreaks.

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