Public health

Killed by Procedure

Two learnings emerge. Firstly, our bloated bureaucracy and bureaucratic procedures have to be overhauled to make them capable of responding quickly to an emergency. Secondly, public health should not be guided by partisan politics, and a robust and effective national public health agency should be nurtured, to respond to public health threats, and to help prevent the next inevitable pandemic.

Gasping for Air

India lost 1.4 per cent of its GDP due to premature deaths and morbidity linked to pollution. The Lancet had collaborated with the Indian Council of Medical Research, Public Health Foundation of India and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation while crafting this report.

Polls and disease

States where Mr Donald Trump claims his support base, and some of which he won, are also the ones reporting the highest number of Covid positive cases as the United States set a new one-day record of 102,591 cases in a single day on Wednesday.