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India’s covid-19 crisis: What happens next and how long will it last?

As cases continue to soar, what does the country need to do to curb the epidemic, how long will the current wave last, and which other countries are at risk of a similar situation?

Health 5 May 2021

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Covid-19 patients inside a converted banquet hall in New Delhi

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WHILE life in some rich countries begins to return to a semblance of normality, the global coronavirus crisis is far from over. Official case numbers in India have surpassed 20 million and, globally, the week beginning 26 April was the worst since the pandemic began. Worldwide, the number of reported new daily infections hovers around 900,000, although this is a huge underestimate. More than a third of these are in India, where infections are still rising. New Scientist looks at what happens next.

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