Amid India’s Covid-19 Surge, U.S. Offers Belated Medical Aid

Covid-19 cases continued to climb in India this week, with official statistics showing more than 400,000 new cases per day — and estimates suggesting that the true number of cases could be 10 times higher than reported totals, or more. The unexpected surge has led to severe shortages of medical supplies. Hospitals have had to turn people away. Amid the mass dying, people in rural areas have struggled to find care. In the hard-hit state of Karnataka, the government recently appointed an official to keep track of children orphaned by the pandemic.

The outcome of the surge, the physician Dhruv Khullar wrote in The New Yorker this week, is “a medical and humanitarian crisis on a scale not yet seen…

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