• Known New cases: 2.59 lakh
  • Tests: 20.62 lakh (Positivity Rate: 12.59%)
  • Official Deaths: 4209
  • Vaccinations: 19.18 cr (+48.69 lakh)
  • Government
    • ‘Chief Ministers sit like puppets, not allowed to speak at all’: Mamata Banerjee slams PM Modi over Covid19 meets.
      • “There was no discussion on vaccines, medicines or oxygen and the CMs were not given a chance to raise the issues faced by the states.”
  • Courts
  • Opinions and Analysis
    • The Economist: As a second wave devastates India, Narendra Modi vanishes
      • Quick to claim credit, the prime minister is nowhere to seen when things go wrong
    • Prashant Yadav in NYT: What Happens When the Vaccine Factory of the World Can’t Deliver?
    • P Sainath in PARI: Forbes, India and Pandora’s Pandemic Box
      • 140 individuals, or 0.000014 per cent of the population, had a cumulative worth equivalent to 22.7 per cent (or well over a fifth) of our Gross Domestic Product of $ 2.62 trillion, bringing, as they always do, that whole other meaning to the word ‘Gross’.
      • That combined wealth of these 140 plutocrats went up by 90.4 per cent – in a year when GDP contracted by 7.7 per cent. And the news of these achievements comes in as we watch a second wave of migrant labourers – once again in numbers too large and dispersed to seriously enumerate – leaving the cities for their villages. The resultant job losses won’t do the GDP any good. But mercifully, shouldn’t harm our billionaires too much. We have Forbes’ assurance on that.
    • What Principal Scientific Adviser’s New COVID Advisory Doesn’t Say Is as Important As What It Does. It has issued a new advisory emphasising the roles of “masks, distance, sanitation and ventilation” to end the country’s COVID-19 epidemic.
      • By not discussing what the government could have done better, differently or not at all, the advisory gives the impression that the pandemic’s future is in the people’s hands. However, the Indian and many state governments are already out of step with many of the recommendations.
    • Debashish Chakraborty: Like in Dante’s ‘Inferno’, Indians Are Going Through Nine Circles of Hell
      • Your sin, in fact, the collective sin of the country – choosing a government that substituted bigotry for inclusiveness, incompetence for efficiency, and smugness for governance – has partially been accounted for. You personally paid with your life. You ended up being George Floyd, unable to breathe because the knee of incompetence, indifference, and braggadocio sucked the air out of you.
    • Shyam Saran: India needs to be more India, not China. ‘Dictator envy’ won’t lead us out of crisis
      • In my experience as a diplomat representing India, credibility counted for more than perception in advancing India’s interests.
    • Soutik Biswas in BBC: “Stay Positive” calls during a raging pandemic are jarring.
  • A group of 116 former senior civil servants write an open letter to the Prime Minister asking for action now.
    • Compassion and caring have to be the cornerstones of government policy. History will judge our society, your government and, above all, you personally, on how effectively we handle this crisis.
  • Two Covid centers in Noida that were visited by CM Yogi a couple of days ago, are locked now.
  • If there’s hell…it’s here’ — A day with patients in DMCH, north Bihar’s mainstay hospital.
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An informal Twitter poll on who had the worst pandemic response (by The Conversation US)