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The flight to cities has long been an engine of development, producing sprawling metropoli across the world. But now Covid-19, which flourishes in areas of high human density, is forcing governments in emerging economies to rethink their approach to urban development.

According to UN data, more than half of the population of the world’s developing economies live in cities. But their often haphazard and unplanned growth has also brought large-scale squalor and inequality.

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