India: has the Covid pandemic started to burn itself out?

Cases are dropping sharply, raising the prospect that parts of the country are nearing herd immunity

31 January 2021 - 16:07 By Amy Kazmin

For most of the past 11 months, Dr Sushila Kataria has worked 15 hours a day, seven days a week tending to a surging tide of Covid-19 patients at Medanta, a prominent private hospital on New Delhi’s outskirts.

Since the hospital’s first cases — Italian tourists who fell ill in March — Medanta has treated more than 11,000 Covid patients in its wards, intensive care units, hotel quarantine facilities and in-home care programmes. The Covid caseload peaked in November, with about 450 inpatients, and 50-100 more on a waiting list for beds...

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