Reflections by BCG from India’s Second COVID-Wave

December 4, 2021

The second COVID wave refers to the spike in cases between March and May, 2021. During this period, new daily cases crossed the 100,000 mark and peaked at around 400,000. The official death toll peaked at around 4,000/day, but other sources suggest that it is significantly underreported. India is only the third country to record more than 300,000 total deaths from COVID, after the US and Brazil.

The second wave highlighted the gaps in India’s healthcare system. Citizens were struggling to access hospital beds, oxygen, medicines, and other resources, resulting in many avoidable deaths. This tragedy could have been avoided with better planning, governance and management. Through this note, we reflect upon the factors that led to the tragedy, and indicate
steps to prepare for a potential third wave.


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