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“As the saying goes, dig the well before you’re thirsty. But we didn’t do that.”

Business owner Rajabhau Shinde runs an oxygen cylinder factory in India – the new epicenter for the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    • 1 out of every 3 COVID-19 cases on the planet is happening in India (Washington Post).
    • The country’s large population remains an obstacle to getting the outbreak contained.
    • While some point to new variants of COVID-19 as the source of the contagion, others say India’s relaxed restrictions added to the challenges, along with the difficulty of distributing vaccines.
    • Medical care, including access to oxygen, remains shockingly difficult.

    Why It Matters: India, the world’s largest democracy, serves as a reminder of the ferocity of the virus that causes COVID-19.

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    How did the covid-19 outbreak in India get so bad?

    Here’s a helpful report to listen to from NPR.