Why are Covid cases in India soaring? – BBC Newsnight
Many have criticised the Indian government for allowing Kumbh Mela – a two-month long religious festival – to go ahead amid a raging pandemic, as new cases top 200,000 a day. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog
India now has the second highest number of coronavirus cases in the world – behind the US which has a smaller population.
More than 14 million people are affected and there are reports that a new variant is on the rise which some fear could be more virulent.
Many have criticised the Indian government for allowing Kumbh Mela – a two-month long religious festival – to go ahead amid a raging pandemic.
Newsnight’s Sima Kotecha reports. Katie Razzall is joined by Professor Srinath Reddy President of the Public Health Foundation of India.
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