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 — how can district-level data help in strengthening democracy?

As I mentioned in the last episode, in this episode too I am going to be talking to an incredible guest about India’s data deficits going into the pandemic, and how to fix them. Prof. S. V. Subramanian is a Professor of Population Health and Geography at Harvard University.

He heads the…


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 bad was India’s data deficit going into the pandemic, and how do we fix it?

It’s Day 523 of the novel coronavirus epidemic in India, and we are reporting 30, 944,949 confirmed cases and 411,439 reported deaths. First, let me begin with an apology for falling behind on the podcast. One of the reasons for this is because of…


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 can UK data tell us about how we should be administering our vaccines in India?

The PHE report I talked about is here.

John Burn-Murdoch’s Twitter is here.

The PHE’s findings on severe disease and death are here.

Over the next few weeks, I suspect we’re going to get ever more useful data from the UK about vaccine effectiveness…


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 can we say we know by now from real world data on vaccine effectiveness?

Here’s the data shared by the health ministry at the press conference

Here’s what I found out when I investigated the data (hint: it was worthless).

Here’s what the Public Health England report says.

Here’s the FT journalist John Burn-Murdoch’s Twitter thread on it:


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 do we know about variants?

The GISAID database of genomic sequencing globally is here.

Here’s a good page from the US CDC explaining variants in general.

INSACOG’s webpage is here.

My article on the vaccine effect in India is here.

Banjot Kaur’s article is here.

Unless we try and stay one step ahead of the virus, we’re always going to be playing catch up. And unfortunately, I think that’s exactly what’s happening with genome sequencing in India.

Thank you for listening. This episode was edited by Anand Krishnamoorthi. One 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 — how did we get here and how do we get out?

It’s one year and 105 days since the first novel coronavirus case was detected in India, and we are reporting 24,329,900 confirmed cases and 265,346 reported deaths. It’s been nearly two months since my last episode, and I apologise for this long absence. Many of you wrote to me…


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…

Rukmini S

I am a data journalist based in Chennai, India.

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