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If You Aren’t Terrified About What’s Happening in India, You Should Be

Umar Farooq mourns next to the body of his mother, who died of Covid-19 coronavirus, before her burial at a graveyard in Srinagar on April 26, 2021. Tauseef MUSTAFA / AFP

Watching the calamity unfold in India from here in Vietnam feels like staring at a category 5 typhoon that’s barreling straight at you. There’s nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.

With 350,000 infections a day, which is probably just a fraction of the actual number, and the emergence of far more deadly “double mutant” variants, the latest outbreak in India appears to be the beginning of a new, more dangerous phase in the pandemic.

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