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

Image by : Madhu Kapparath

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The Covid-19 situation may have rapidly deteriorated in New Delhi with the positivity rate at 32 percent, the highest-ever in the capital. Which would make this scene at Delhi’s Sadar Bazar—just before the weekend lockdown—an unbelievable sight. How would one explain away the easygoing attitude to social distancing and masking? Is it an ease born of knowing that there are no outsiders among us? Or is it a nonchalance from not knowing the value of our own lives?