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Families burning dead bodies of Covid patients near a canal on the Gorakhpur-Kushinagar road. Villagers are cremating the dead where ever they find space, but these deaths are not being registered in government records | Moushumi Das Gupta | The Print

There’s a gap between govt data & reality of India’s Covid deaths. Local media is bridging it

While UP data says about 300 are dying daily, Dainik Bhaskar documented about 2,000 bodies. In Gujarat, over 65,000 more death certificates were issued than the official Covid count.
A burial site with fresh graves in the Shahjahanpur kasba | Urjita Bhardwaj | ThePrint

Indian cremation rituals are changing because of Covid raging through cities and villages

Young women may be the only ones available to light the funerary pyre. And families in quarantine are forced to use WhatsApp for funerary rites.
A relative of a Covid-19 fatality wears personal protective equipment (PPE) while sitting on a bench outside a cremation hall at the Nigambodh Ghat crematorium in New Delhi India, on Monday, April 19, 2021. | Photographer: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Why India is seeing higher deaths despite coronavirus variant not being more fatal

India’s government has blamed people for not following Covid public health directives, but recent data shows mask use has only fallen by 10 percentage points.
Representational image of a dead Covid patient | Photo: ANI

India breaches 1,000-death mark in 24 hours, but per-million figure is still a low 32

India has the third highest number of deaths in the world at 44,386 as of Monday morning, with the overall case fatality rate around 2%.
Doctors monitor a Covid-19 patient in the ICU at Agra's SN Medical College Hospital via a video screen | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

‘Agra model’ to 7% death rate in 3 months — how Covid spiralled in city of Taj

Agra administration & doctors admit death rate is a concern, have increased testing to ensure patients come for treatment before reaching advanced stage.
Kalamuddin weeps outside the Maulana Azad Medical College mortuary, after realising that he buried the wrong Moinuddin's body | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Delhi man buries ‘father’ twice, after two Moinuddins got mixed up at Maulana Azad mortuary

The other Moinuddin’s family turned up at Maulana Azad mortuary Sunday, discovering the mix-up. The two Covid victims are now buried next to each other.
Health workers in protective gear bury the body of a Covid-19 victim in Delhi | Photo: ANI

Delhi has registered 443 ‘Covid funerals’ since 14 March, four times the govt death figures

Data from Covid-19 cremation and burial grounds in Delhi is for confirmed and suspected cases, corroborated by the North and South Delhi municipal bodies.
Customers have their temperature checked at the entrace to a Co.opmart supermarket during a partial lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. | Photographer: Maika Elan | Bloomberg

How Vietnam has reported zero coronavirus deaths

The reason why Vietnam has managed to keep patients from death’s door is a three-pronged government strategy. And not all of the policies uphold civil liberty.

Coronavirus pandemic is changing funerals and how we deal with the dead

While all possible steps are taken to uphold respect for the dead, in pandemics the emphasis inevitably shifts to public health.
Medical workers attend to a suspected COVID-19 patient in Hyderabad | PTI

At current rate, India can see 30,000 COVID-19 deaths by May, no hospital bed by June: Data

The response of various Indian states to COVID-19 will differ as the poorest states have the weakest capacity to deliver health services.

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Representational image for diabetes | Pixabay

Type 2 diabetes? Sitting can cause problems with blood sugar levels

Type 2 diabetes causes the level of sugar in the blood to become too high. And sitting all day can worsen it.

Fuel prices hiked for 9th time in less than two weeks, petrol nears Rs 99 in Mumbai

The rates had already crossed Rs 100-mark in several cities in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.


Armed forces doctors arrive in Lucknow Monday | Twitter/@suryacommand

What’s DGAFMS, Indian military’s medical wing leading the fight against Covid

The Directorate General of Armed Forces Medical Service reports to the Department of Defence and not to the Department of Military Affairs or the CDS.

By the rivers of the heartland & across Vindhyas, proof which politics sucks & which works

Politics & economics are at the heart of Covid tragedy in UP, Bihar. The regional imbalance in political power, economic & social indicators is deeply troublesome.