Is India currently witnessing a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic?

A spike in the number of new Covid-19 infections threatens to overturn the progress India has made in containing the pandemic.

On Feb. 21, the country recorded over 14,000 new infections of the novel coronavirus. As of Feb. 22, the total reported cases of Covid-19 in India were over 11 million.

With the daily new infections—which had come down to close to 10,000 a day—slowly rising in the past week, several states are now considering localised lockdowns, especially in those regions that are seeing a sudden spike. Five states, according to data from India’s health ministry, account for 86% of the new infections in the country.

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