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omicron: Shanghai reeling: inside China’s corona flare-up, and what India can learn from the situation there

Concept by Vikas Dandekar and Muhabit ul haq


The outbreak in China over the last three months, especially in Shanghai, has baffled virologists. A country that had apparently curbed the spread of the infection in the early stages of the pandemic was convulsing under the onslaught of Omicron. What went wrong and what are the takeaways from the situation for India?

Overcrowded hospitals, ambulance sirens blaring, wails from skyscrapers, deserted streets, mobs looting food stores, and accusations of brazen data fudging. Those scenes from Shanghai came as a jolt to a world that was beginning to think that the pandemic would soon be a thing of the past. For the last three months, China’s financial nerve centre of 25 million, which had hardly figured on the Covid-19 map since the pandemic broke out, has been

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