A deadly second wave of coronavirus in India has devasted the healthcare system and is overwhelming the ability of health workers to respond to the crisis. The situation is dire, with more than 400,000 new infections registered on a single day—the highest ever daily count recorded globally.
In Mumbai, a densely populated city in the state of Maharashtra where 42 per cent of the population are living in low-income housing, the poor living conditions and lack of hygiene facilities have put people at high risk as coronavirus spreads. Maharashtra accounted for more than 20 per cent of India’s confirmed new cases of coronavirus in April. MSF is responding in Mumbai through dedicated treatment facilities and community testing and education programs in order to slow the spread of coronavirus.