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There is no staff due to the coronavirus : Household videos by Bollywood stars for the rich in India

In many Indian middle and upper-class households, chores are usually done by themselves. Cleaning floors, dusting furniture, washing dishes, washing clothes, buying groceries, cooking meals and looking after children - these are often taken care of by domestic workers.

But in Corona times it's different - because the domestic workers also have to stay at home or fled to their home villages, unless they live on the premises of their employers. There is a strict three-week curfew in India. Bollywood stars jumped into the breach - and put tips and tutorial videos online - probably to help more privileged Indians with the unfamiliar tasks.

The popular Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif, for example, put on an apron and washed the dishes: "I thought I would do a short refresher video for those of us who forgot," said the 36-year-old and laughed.

Then she explained her strategy for water-saving washing to the audience: First fill the sink with water, scrub all the dishes individually with the sponge, put them to one side and then rinse everything with water.

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More than six million people watched the video that Kaif uploaded to Instagram last week. In another video, she mops the floor and wrote: "By the way, this is a really good training exercise." More than seven million people clicked on it.

With actor Rajkummar Rao there were cooking tips in the Insta story. He posted photos of himself chopping vegetables and the finished dish and advised: “If you are chopping onions, you can wear sunglasses.” And actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra gave mothers ideas on Facebook how to keep their children busy during the quarantine period can - for example with homemade chips.

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For filming themselves doing mundane household chores, the stars received a lot of praise online. However, some criticized her for making silly videos - especially because millions of poor Indians have lost their incomes because of the curfew and are afraid of starvation.

India, which has a total of 1.3 billion inhabitants, has so far - as of Friday - reported only 2300 detected coronavirus infections. 59 people died of Covid-19 lung disease. However, experts doubt the numbers and suspect a high number of unreported cases, since only a few people are tested.

Background to the coronavirus:

On Friday, after the death of two coronavirus infected people, the police partially cordoned off one of Asia's largest slums. In the huge poor district of Dharavi in ​​the metropolis of Mumbai there are now eight "security areas", as a spokesman for the authorities announced. The residents have been placed under domestic quarantine. Nobody is allowed to leave or enter the cordoned off areas. The houses of the infected and the surrounding area have been disinfected.

However, two deaths and one more infection in Dharavi have alerted Mumbai authorities. A million people live and work in shacks, apartments and small factories in the slum, which became world famous through the 2008 film "Slumdog Millionaire".

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Experts fear that the corona virus could spread rapidly in the narrow streets of the slum. "The people from Dharavi stick to the rules and stay at home with their children," said the spokesman for the authorities, Vijay Khabale-Patil.

The resident Mobinuddin Shaikh, on the other hand, reported that few people in Dharavi have so far adhered to the nationwide curfew imposed last week. Now many residents are in a panic. However, they can hardly protect themselves: "We are a family of five," said the 51-year-old Shaikh. “We use communal toilets and public water points. Only God can save us. " (dpa, AFP)

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