India’s covid-19 crisis has spiralled out of control

South Asia is logging four times as many covid cases today than at the peak of the first wave

5/4/2021 3:52:00 AM

South Asia is logging four times as many covid cases today than at the peak of the first wave

The region is recording four times as many cases today as it was at the peak of the first wave | Graphic detail

INDIA’S MOUNTAIN of new covid-19 infections is like none other in the course of the pandemic. On April 30th the daily tally of new cases surpassed 400,000, making the country’s current caseload far and away the heaviest yet (the next-biggest outside India was America’s 300,000 new cases recorded on January 2nd). Even that terrible figure is sure to be an underestimate. The share of Indians testing positive for covid-19 is now 23.5%; if a greater proportion of India’s population of 1.4bn were tested, no doubt millions of new cases would be detected. Compared with the scale of South Asia’s first wave, which peaked in September, the second is shocking. South America, another region with a surging caseload, is recording 60% more cases today than at the peak of the first wave. South Asia is logging four times as many, and with hardly a sign of slowing (see chart).

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Deaths are now rising rapidly, too. With nearly 3,700 on May 1st, South Asia is logging deaths at the pace the European Union reached during its calamitous peaks of April and November 2020 (see chart). This tally, too, is almost certainly an underestimate. India’s data are collected according to different standards in different places, sometimes apparently with an eye to downplaying the crisis. Some of the country’s most populous states, such as Gujarat with its 64m people or Uttar Pradesh with its 238m, are attributing only tiny fractions of their current excess deaths to covid-19. Simple observation suggests that the true death toll is higher than the official figures suggest. On one day two weeks ago 78 covid deaths were recorded in seven Gujarati cities. On the same day in the same cities 689 funerals were performed under protocols reserved for coronavirus victims.

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So, what's the worst case scenario for India? My fave, Uttarakhand, would never do anything like that. My years shoveling at G. B. Pant High Altitude Zoo showed me how scrupulous the folks are. both the states are under reporting the deaths....political leaders want want to save theIt political image at any cost

Why the names of BJP ruled states alone? They are the best governed in the country. No casteism. No religious intolerance. UK 19-- covid deaths per million. India 150. Please you haven't see nothing yet! ALBERTA CANADA can we have the conservative party to share some insights . Sorry but Jason Kenny is on vacation CPC_HQ erinotoole

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Where’s the rest of Africa (apart from the bit in MENA)? It is a continent of 1.2 billion. You are a presstitute ultimate in exaggerating. Whopaid you to do it? Time to quarantine the entire country of India from the rest of the world. No comento. Si donamos sangre. No chamita. Mira mis ojitos. 나는 언급하지 않습니다. 우리가 혈액을 기부하는 경우. 주술사가 없습니다. 내 눈을 봐.

India is gone. Kiss the Indian economy goodbye. ChicagoBooth WSJ CNN NYT CBS SCMP CGTN Fck around with China and find out?