Hello and welcome to The Moving Curve. I’m Rukmini, a data journalist based in Chennai. Two nights a week on this mini-cast, I consider one question around the novel coronavirus epidemic in India. Tonight I’m considering this one — what has the last year meant?

It’s one year and 55 days since the first novel coronavirus case was detected in India, and we are reporting 11,784,880 cases with 160,696 deaths. It has also been one year since the first episode of this little podcast, and tonight I wanted to reflect on the year gone by.

The first episode is…


Hello and welcome to The Moving Curve. I’m Rukmini, a data journalist based in Chennai. Two nights a week on this mini-cast, I consider one question around the novel coronavirus epidemic in India. Tonight I’m considering this one: did we go too far with sero-surveys?

Dr Anup Malani’s bio is here and his Twitter is here.

IDFC Institute is here.

The Mumbai sero-surveys are here and here.

The Pune sero-survey is here.

The Bihar migrant random testing is here.

The Andhra Pradesh survey is here.

The Karnataka survey is here.

The Tamil Nadu survey is here.

The Manaus January…


Hello and welcome to The Moving Curve. I’m Rukmini, a data journalist based in Chennai. Two nights a week on this mini-cast, I consider one question around the novel coronavirus epidemic in India. Tonight I’m considering this one — how is there room for cases to start rising again, particularly in Maharashtra?

My article for IndiaSpend on Maharashtra’s new numbers is here.

A recent thread by Murad Banaji on Mumbai’s numbers is here.

A recent news article about the Bengaluru housing society outbreak is here.

The Maharashtra minister who tested positive twice is here.

An article about the Amaravati lab is here.

Thank you for listening. This episode was edited by Anand Krishnamoorthi. On the next episode — a new question.


Hello and welcome to The Moving Curve. I’m Rukmini, a data journalist based in Chennai. Two nights a week on this mini-cast, I consider one question around the novel coronavirus epidemic in India. Tonight I’m asking this one — why did Kerala not see a September peak and decline the way the rest of the country did?

A piece I did for IndiaSpend on this is here.

An early interview with KK Shailaja by Nidheesh MK is here.

A story about Kerala’s contact tracing maps is here.

Ultimately, whether Kerala succeeded or failed says as much about Kerala…


Hello and welcome to The Moving Curve. Two nights a week on this mini-cast, I consider one question around the novel coronavirus epidemic in India. Tonight I’m considering this one — what are the issues around the two vaccines that India has approved?

On January 3, the Indian regulator approved two vaccines for use in India — the Oxford/ Astra Zeneca/ Serum Institute vaccine called Covishield, and the Bharat Biotech/ ICMR vaccine called Covaxin. There have been some questions around both vaccines — less about the science, and more about the approval process — and I thought it was…


Hello and welcome to The Moving Curve. I’m Rukmini, a data journalist based in Chennai. Two nights a week on this mini-cast, I consider one question around the novel coronavirus epidemic in India. Tonight I’m considering this one — what’s going wrong with our vaccine development process?

As regular listeners might have noticed, I took a short break, and one of the things I’ve realised on my return is how squarely the conversation around covid has moved into the vaccine phase. Globally there are two other stories that matter too — one is around new variants, and the other…


Hello and welcome to The Moving Curve. I’m Rukmini, a data journalist based in Chennai. Two nights a week on this mini-cast, I consider one question around the novel coronavirus epidemic in India. Tonight I’m considering this question — what does political life look like in a pandemic?

It’s Day 326 of the novel coronavirus epidemic in India, and we are reporting 10,054,946 confirmed cases with 145,804 deaths. One of the things that I’ve been thinking about, especially as more states gear up for elections next year, is how political life in India has changed in the pandemic. …


Hello and welcome to The Moving Curve. I’m Rukmini, a data journalist based in Chennai. Two nights a week on this mini-cast, I consider one question around the novel coronavirus epidemic in India. Tonight I’m considering this one — how does a modeller feel looking back at the early days of the pandemic now?

Dr. Bhramar Mukherjee’s bio is here.

Her Twitter is here.

Her group’s first modelling estimates for India are here.

The article I wrote for The Print around it is here.

An earlier episode on modelling with Prof. Gautam Menon is here.

I thank Dr Mukherjee for joining me. This episode was edited by Anand Krishnamoorthi. On the next episode — a new question.


Hello and welcome to The Moving Curve. I’m Rukmini, a data journalist based in Chennai. Two nights a week on this mini-cast, I consider one question around the novel coronavirus epidemic in India. Tonight I’m considering this one: are we missing the story of whom covid has affected the worst?

It’s Day 346 of the novel coronavirus epidemic in India, and we are reporting 9,762,245 cases with 141,735 deaths. One of the things that I’ve been trying to understand lately is what we can say about the communities who have been affected thus far, and what that says about…


Hello and welcome to The Moving Curve. I’m Rukmini, a data journalist based in Chennai. Two nights a week on this mini-cast, I consider one question around the novel coronavirus epidemic in India. Tonight I’m considering this one — how do we read between the lines of sero-surveys?

Prof. Sandeep Juneja’s bio is here.

The Mumbai sero-survey’s first round is here.

Round II is here.

So just to sum up: the Mumbai sero-survey showed high prevalence in the first round, but real prevalence was probably even higher. The second round showed what appeared to be a decline in slums…

Rukmini S

I am a data journalist based in Chennai, India.

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