Pandemic Class Warfare Coronavirus Spread Lays Bare Underlying Inequalities

The countries hardest hit by the coronavirus are those with a deep divide between the rich and the poor. The pandemic is exacerbating those differences dramatically. Outrage is growing in many places and could soon spread.
People wait in line for food rations in the South African township of Gugulethu: "There’s a race that’s better off, and then there’s the rest."

People wait in line for food rations in the South African township of

Gugulethu: "There’s a race that’s better off, and then there’s the rest."

Foto: Tommy Trenchard / DER SPIEGEL
The line at a food bank in the Paris suburb Clichy-sous-Bois: The crisis is far from over.

The line at a food bank in the Paris suburb Clichy-sous-Bois: The crisis is far from over.

Foto: DIDIER BIZET / DER SPIEGEL
A busker on New York's Fifth Avenue: The neighborhoods where the rich live in New York have been emptier than usual in recent months.

A busker on New York's Fifth Avenue: The neighborhoods where the rich live in New York have been emptier than usual in recent months.

Foto: MIKE SEGAR / REUTERS
Thembalethu has even resorted to theft and muggings to keep his family fed.

Thembalethu has even resorted to theft and muggings to keep his family fed.

Foto: Tommy Trenchard / DER SPIEGEL
Local community mediator Ayamangalisa Badli: "We used to be able to drive into town and move around freely."

Local community mediator Ayamangalisa Badli: "We used to be able to drive into town and move around freely."

Foto: Tommy Trenchard / DER SPIEGEL
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