Just as England vaccinated 95 percent of their over-50s against COVID, Israelis finally emerged out in public without masks, Australia and New Zealand established a trans-Tasman travel bubble, in Modi's India the contrast could not be starker.
India is reeling under the deadliest wave of COVID-19 that the world has yet seen. Over the past week, India accounted for about a third of all new daily cases of COVID-19 worldwide. On April 21, the nation reported over 300,000 new cases for the first time – the highest single-day rise recorded in any country since the start of the pandemic. Just days later, new daily cases had jumped to nearly 350,000.