Like you, we have watched in horror as India's deadly pace of coronavirus infection and death have become ever more visible.
The scenes are dramatic – families holding sick loved ones in the street, having been turned away from hospitals. Smoke from makeshift crematoriums billowing into the sky. Poor families driven deeper into poverty by lost income and shuttered markets, now at even greater risk of catching COVID-19 as the virus spreads.
India's crisis has made the disease more deadly there than anywhere else on the planet at the moment. More than 18 million cases have been reported, constituting more than 40% of infections globally. The heavily populated Maharashtra region and Mumbai, its largest city, bears nearly 5 million cases as infections rose over the weekend, amounting to 1 infection for every 24 people. Bangalore, in India’s south and Uttar Pradesh – the most densely populated political district in the world – in the north also are burdened by steep rates of infection. Yet the pace of infection is not limited to cities alone and stretches to the country’s borders with Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, China and Myanmar.
That's a concern, especially in Nepal – where infections have spiked in a staggering 550% increase in the last two weeks.