COVID-19 Rises Sharply in India

A health care worker checks the temperature of a woman in a slum in Mumbai, India earlier today. Image: Himanshu Bhatt/NurPhoto via Getty
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A health care worker checks the temperature of a woman in a slum in Mumbai, India earlier today. Image: Himanshu Bhatt/NurPhoto via Getty

India may soon pass Brazil to become the pandemic’s second-worst hit country. Its case numbers have surged past 3.3 million, and it set a single-day record of 75,760 new cases yesterday, CIDRAP reports

India’s ratio of infections to recorded cases seems particularly high—at least 20:1, judging from recent serological surveys in Delhi and Mumbai. However, mortality appears to be relatively low (as low as 1 per thousand), Scientific American reports.

A Tragic Turn: 4 cases have been reported among a small remote tribe on India’s Andaman Islands, according to Reuters. It might not sound like a large number, but there are only 50 members left of the tribe, which was devastated by British colonization in the 19th century.

“It is extremely alarming that members of the Great Andamanese tribe tested positive for Covid-19. They will be all too aware of the devastating impact of epidemics that have decimated their people,” said Sophie Grig, a senior researcher with London-based Survival International.

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