Managing India's Second COVID-19 Wave: Urgent Steps

Managing India's Second COVID-19 Wave: Urgent Steps

By Jishnu Das, Partha Mukhopadhyay, and TASK FORCE MEMBERS
The Lancet COVID-19 Commission India Task Force
15 April 2021

The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has hit India hard. The number of new cases has gone up from 11,794 in the first week of February 2021 to 152,565 as of April 10, 2021.1 The number of new deaths per day has gone up from 116 in the first week of February 2021 to 838 as of April 10, 2021.1 As of April 1, 2021, 84.61% of all new infections were concentrated in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Punjab & Madhya Pradesh.2 Test positivity rates (TPRs) rose nationwide from 2.8% in the first week of April 2021 to 10.3% by April 10th 2021 with wide regional variation, peaking in Maharashtra at 25%.