All day today, building on similar reports in previous days, you’ll hear:
In the past few hours, India has reported the biggest daily rise in infections of any country since the pandemic began – nearly a third of a million cases for the second day in a row.
True but not informative. India has a massive population, at 1.36 billion, 24 times than of England and 240 times that of Scotland so it always has more of almost anything bad that happens.
Looks bad but is it that bad? What if we, as scientists would insist we do, look at the infection rate for every 100 000 people in a country:
So, India has some way to go before it reaches the infection rates seen already in the USA, Brazil, England or Scotland.
As for the rise in infections, the steepness of increase in India looks less than that experienced in England or Scotland in December 2020.
Finally, death. More worrying than infections. How is India doing? Dailly:
Over the whole pandemic?
England 199 per 100 000, India 13.5 per 100 000.
The death rate in England was 15 times higher!
Why? You know from previous posts -obesity or the lack of it.