India

May 2, 2021
India

As the saying goes, dig the well before you’re thirsty. But we didn’t do that.

Business owner Rajabhau Shinde runs an oxygen cylinder factory in India – the new epicenter for the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 1 out of every 3 COVID-19 cases on the planet is happening in India (Washington Post).
  • The country's large population remains an obstacle to getting the outbreak contained.
  • While some point to new variants of COVID-19 as the source of the contagion, others say India's relaxed restrictions added to the challenges, along with the difficulty of distributing vaccines.
  • Medical care, including access to oxygen, remains shockingly difficult.

Why It Matters: India, the world's largest democracy, serves as a reminder of the ferocity of the virus that causes COVID-19.

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How did the covid-19 outbreak in India get so bad?

Here's a helpful report to listen to from NPR.

by Jenna Lee,

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