The Moving Curve: Episode 53

Hello and welcome to The Moving Curve. I’m Rukmini, a data journalist based in Chennai. Every night on this mini-cast, I consider one question around the novel coronavirus epidemic in India. Tonight I’m considering this one: why is Mumbai already overwhelmed?

On April 16, reporters Lata Mishra and Shruti Ganapatye of the Mumbai Mirror along with photographer Sachin Haralkar described a frightening scene in the city’s hospitals https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/coronavirus/news/covid-19-ve-woman-spends-30-hrs-in-kem-parking-lot-waiting/articleshow/75171215.cms

Nithyaganesh’s thread about his father: https://twitter.com/Nithyaganesh11/status/1260911010707365888

Tabassum Barnagarwala news report where she found that 44% of the city’s deaths were of Muslims: https://indianexpress.com/article/india/maharashtra-covid-deaths-urdu-awareness-messages-6397588/

Bad coordination. Dense living conditions. Fear among the most vulnerable. It’s a pretty deadly combination. But it’s also a nimble, energetic and well-run city. Here’s hoping it gets the situation under control, fast.

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

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I am a data journalist based in Chennai, India.

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