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COVID-19 Crisis in India Deepens

An international effort to ship oxygen and other supplies are unlikely to end this deadly catastrophe

A second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is raging in India, which reported the six consecutive day of 300,000 new cases on April 27. And the emergency shipment of oxygen and other critical aid are unlikely to help India's battered health care system.

With enormous funeral pyres spilled into parking lots and city parks, there are signs that India's reported overall toll over nearly 198,000 deaths could be a vast undercount. 

One factor driving this surge in cases and deaths is a worrisome new variant, the double mutant B.1.617 spreading rapidly in the country. And the setbacks the country is facing is not only imperiling India's citizens, but its ability to manufacture vaccines. The world's largest vaccine maker is located in India.

Go to the New York Times to read more about this worsening storm.