The rapidly swelling second wave has taken a big toll on the country’s health infrastructure. The health system has collapsed in the worst hit states, with even the national capital, Delhi, facing acute shortage of oxygen and Covid-19 hospital beds. While the official mortality rate has edged lower, it masks a rapidly rising death count. Deaths are now doubling every ten days (as opposed to an average of 29 days in the first wave) and even this figure is likely buttressed by delayed or under-reporting of deaths.
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