A year after: A nation altered by the viral second wave

India has the highest seven-day Covid-19 case trajectory seen in any country and the grim distinction of most single-day infections in any country ever since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. With a dearth of key drugs, beds and the return of restrictions across major cities, the nation is coping with its own contradictions.
Curated By: Madhu Kapparath
Published: Apr 22, 2021
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Rajesh Ujala, a contract health worker, is a familiar figure at the Nigambodh Ghat crematorium in New Delhi, the capital's largest, witnessing the ebb and crest of deaths that have passed from the mortuary through his hands since early last year. On Thursday afternoon, it took much more out of the team to haul a Covid-19 victim who was stricken with a rare case of obesity. Rajesh later said that the declaration of weight of the deceased at 200 kg was false, it was closer to 280.