Why are Covid cases in India soaring? - BBC Newsnight

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Many have criticised the Indian government for allowing Kumbh Mela - a two-month long religious festival - to go ahead amid a raging pandemic, as new cases top 200,000 a day. Please subscribe HERE bit.ly/1rbfUog
India now has the second highest number of coronavirus cases in the world - behind the US which has a smaller population.

More than 14 million people are affected and there are reports that a new variant is on the rise which some fear could be more virulent.

Many have criticised the Indian government for allowing Kumbh Mela - a two-month long religious festival - to go ahead amid a raging pandemic.

Newsnight’s Sima Kotecha reports. Katie Razzall is joined by Professor Srinath Reddy President of the Public Health Foundation of India.
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  • Chan YY

    Chan YY

    3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Because most of them are robots

  • vasja basja

    vasja basja

    3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    bolywood cinema

  • vasja basja

    vasja basja

    3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    false

  • Tika q

    Tika q

    5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Look at that water

  • Jayanth Raju

    Jayanth Raju

    6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    200k ? Now it is 400k 😶

  • Campus Vibe Gh

    Campus Vibe Gh

    8 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Politics, Politics and Politics

  • Siddhi Mulgaonker

    Siddhi Mulgaonker

    9 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    From world pharmacy to begging for medical supplies. This shows what a bad leadership and wrong or zero planning can do... Yet election and IPL on. More interested in filling coffers of certain corporates.
    Paid godi media still licking boots.

  • Casey BC

    Casey BC

    9 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Holy crud. It’s now up to 360,000+ cases a day a week later. That’s some terrifying exponential growth. Prayers.

  • anime is a mistake

    anime is a mistake

    9 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Ugh the problem is always religious people

  • Freedom First

    Freedom First

    10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    "When will I be able to go out again?" What is wrong with people? Why are we so weak? Why can't we stay home and wait this out? No one is willing to sacrifice, to be strong....this is why humanity will pay a price........because we want to go out to festivals, to parties, to restaurants.

  • Freedom First

    Freedom First

    10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Humanity NEVER learns..............NEVER. Then we pay the consequences and say that God has abandoned us or pray for his help. It is upto every single one of us to beat this.

  • Akhil rao

    Akhil rao

    10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    for all people outside india .....READ THIS....
    the crematory facility in my home town raipur in the state of chatiisgarh pin-492010...
    where body are burns ...some place its in open sky some its in a shed ...the iron pillar WHICH HELD THE SHED melted due to the heat produced by burning the dead body ....
    its my guessing that the government of india is lieing the death toll is 100 times that said officially and covid cases are atleast 10 times than reported ...
    I HAVE SEE , HEARD ,,PEOPLE DIEING OF COVID IN EVERY STREET OF MY CITY

  • Heartless Near无良逆耳

    Heartless Near无良逆耳

    11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I bet the western will blame on China later again.

  • Mae Hedding

    Mae Hedding

    11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Oh I see... all those religious fanatics gathering at the river? STUPID,,,,

  • Mae Hedding

    Mae Hedding

    11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Why? No masks? No social distance? No vaccines? How did it get so bad?

  • ciara respect

    ciara respect

    11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Seems like in all of this it was religion that has caused this covid to become worse spreading amongst the people, religion is bad in so many ways . People are primitive around the world still falling for that garbage

  • Elaine Pl

    Elaine Pl

    11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    In March of 2020 I cured myself of COVID-19 by directing hot air from my hair dryer onto my lungs and chest for 30 minutes. No clothing on my lungs and chest. Aum Sai Ram.

  • HÌMÃÑẞHŪ RÃJPÚT

    HÌMÃÑẞHŪ RÃJPÚT

    12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Don't forget to use Poor people's in thumbnail but also BBC should not forget that the 7times reborn will not enough to return the looted money and resources of India

  • Poppylan

    Poppylan

    12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    It's predictable...the dilemma of banning ppl from hosting spiritual festival and risk tanking your likeability or banning large festival or gathering and see nothing happens and being blame for withholding ppl rights to celebrate. If you're the president, what would you choose?

  • Emmy Maddala

    Emmy Maddala

    12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Now the politicians say, it's the people's fault. And here, people are dying. Can they bring the people back 😔

  • Emmy Maddala

    Emmy Maddala

    12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Everyone here who said that it's political party's fault to invite people for rallys, will go and vote for them in next few months or years. Let that be BJP or Congress. Because with our Indians, it's the trend, whatever the political party does, we don't hold them accountable and stop electing them. Instead, we forget everything and go elect the same party that caused us trouble. That's why politicians don't respect the voter. They respect themselves and their selfish motives. Unless we voters change, those parties won't change at all. I hope it makes you think.

  • Mich050

    Mich050

    13 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    You only have to look east for the source of all this. China made it happen and you all want to be friends with China? Go ahead. Some never can learn

  • space gatsby

    space gatsby

    13 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    You fooooool wake up.. they all took the vaccine/nano first RIGHT? YES THEY DID.. THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN BOOM.. ACTIVATION.. IT IS A EXPERIMENT TAKING PLACE RIGHT INFRONT OF YOUR EYES YOU IDIOTS.. ONCE YOU GOT THAT TECH INSIDE YOU THEN AT A TOUCH OF A BUTTON YOUR DONE.. VIBRATION FREQUENCY SOUND.. ALL THOSE PEOPLE THATS DIED I CAN PUT MONEY THEY WAS ALL ALREADY VACCINATED.. LIKE LAMBS TO SLAUGHTER.. WAKE THE F UP

  • Bada Bing888

    Bada Bing888

    14 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    A lesson for the world that this is far from over.

  • Paula Pogba

    Paula Pogba

    14 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Covid cesspool not forgetting their ancestors are In the river too.

  • Paula Pogba

    Paula Pogba

    14 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Covid is reincarnated hindus with a vengeance.

  • Paula Pogba

    Paula Pogba

    14 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Churchill is proud

  • Mankondar

    Mankondar

    14 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    BBC always has the most grim cover click bait visuals for India, yes?

  • Willow Way

    Willow Way

    14 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Were there even enough masks to supply everyone? How is it mathematically possible to get this level of population density to social distance? How would those dependant on leaving their home for survival, survive lockdown? After lockdown, how could they prevent the mass contagion effect given the structure of the populace?
    I'm sorry, but all the blame and shame is pointless. Offering viable suggestions might be more productive. And I struggle to find viable solutions for a place this densely populated where basics like clean air, water and nutritious food are hard to come by at the best of times.

  • Sal Mo

    Sal Mo

    14 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Is 1000 deaths in 24 hours really that bad? In UK we had over 1000 deaths every 24 hours at one point and India's population is 22x bigger...

  • ancis well

    ancis well

    14 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    this is good to control human population earth

    • Thomas Matthew harris

      Thomas Matthew harris

      10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      You sound like a Nazi

  • otomeza

    otomeza

    14 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Election in india cant help you to eat or to be rich. Why election first and the people celebrating festival no wearing mask .. and so crowded 😒

  • bijan kazar

    bijan kazar

    15 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    MODI - Money Over Dead India policy will killed more of his people..

  • Indrajeet Datta

    Indrajeet Datta

    15 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    "Are you praying?" What's the point of praying again? It's not like God is real or anything.

  • True Citizen

    True Citizen

    15 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Let’s have more kumbh melas....

  • Barbarian Remover

    Barbarian Remover

    15 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Where is your holy powerful god now?

  • Amal Tomy

    Amal Tomy

    15 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    No strategy or no planning preparations at all, Indian government got 1 Year and this happened again in 2021,
    Where is our health minister and our ultimate julmala Mobi Ji

  • kevin anderson

    kevin anderson

    15 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    gloria commenting; 130 thousand cases a day...then why does india continue to export covid-19 vaccine to other countries???

  • Dr Garg

    Dr Garg

    15 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Now, 6 days later it's 300k per day

  • Dattaram Miruke

    Dattaram Miruke

    15 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    still the BJP, RSS and others do not see anything wrong?? Why not ban the mela and other bullshit for a few months?

  • RA K

    RA K

    15 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Due to careless attitude of UK government, new wave of Corona Virus has entered into UK from India.Daily victims of Covid 19 in India has crossed the figure of 200,000.
    Unfortunately this wave has further transmitted from UK into Europe and Asia.
    Some countries have timely banned entry from UK and India into their territories.
    The situation is alarming .The world must come forward to help UK & India. without any delay.

  • Susannah Jones

    Susannah Jones

    15 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    You look at those crowds and think "yup, that'll do it".

  • dennis fook

    dennis fook

    15 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Wash your hands and keep the place clean .STOP SHITTING ON THE BEACH AND OPEN PARKS

  • Krishna Mohan

    Krishna Mohan

    16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    the way some Indians behaving rn is exactly like this video 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXP3C5Kg-7w

  • Andrew Lambert

    Andrew Lambert

    16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    China is the culprit and must be made to pay for this pandemic even if it means going to war with them. The world must stop being a bunch of cowards.

  • Andrew Lambert

    Andrew Lambert

    16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    When India had low covid figures the world said it was because Indians had bad hygien. Today when the covid numbers have increased in India they are saying the same thing but now it is because Indians have bad hygien again. It seems as if Indians can never win.

  • Randall Mitchell

    Randall Mitchell

    16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Covid is a bioweapon. It is an engineered plague. You are expendable.

  • Andrew Lambert

    Andrew Lambert

    16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    200 000 a day isnt much when one takes into concideration how many people live in India.

  • Randall Mitchell

    Randall Mitchell

    16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Lockdowns don't work. Look at Florida. No mask mandate, no lockdown, declining Covid rates. New York, California virtual Nazi States, sky high rates. All you Chicken Littles explain it

  • muneeb khan

    muneeb khan

    16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    BBC has shown it's real impartial view by a statement that muslims in India were last year targeted for spread of the Pandemic but India's majority Hindu population is given a free hand to gather in large gathering like Kumbh mela.
    Hypocrisy of Indian State Exposed.

  • MA Z

    MA Z

    16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Very poor management by modi gov. Even after one year they were not prepared.

  • Maria Selepak

    Maria Selepak

    16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Omg 😱 what are they doing there?

  • Rashid Ali

    Rashid Ali

    16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    India trying to be first place

  • New Love Videos

    New Love Videos

    16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Thank God we have Government Statistics of zero cases!
    😂😂😂😂😂

  • Divya Hameerdevka

    Divya Hameerdevka

    16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Na padhega India na badhega India ....!!

    Bus election karegaa India🙄

  • Santhau kaur Delvir Singh

    Santhau kaur Delvir Singh

    16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Why not wearing face mask why not follow sop india

  • Tess Sakuma

    Tess Sakuma

    16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Lord you the only medicine that can protect. Us from covid

  • LP

    LP

    16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Wow .... typical BBC ... they always live up to expectations about reporting news about India...

  • gireesh neroth

    gireesh neroth

    16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    The unlock procedures were hurriedly initiated. Especially in the entertainment sections. Mass gathering is where covid gathers momentum. It is time the world made China pay the price.

  • Snow Frost

    Snow Frost

    16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Police have been fining people for not wearing masks in car even when they are sitting alone but no one is going to even fine a freaking penny when government was holding rallies and thousands of people sitting without masks.

  • RN

    RN

    16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    The river is so filthy....

  • Syed Waqas

    Syed Waqas

    16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Haridwar????
    Khumb mela???

  • Ps smit

    Ps smit

    16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    BJP knows all these

  • James Smith

    James Smith

    16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Pray to God through Jesus for money, goods, things and luck! Jesus cures disease!

  • Manraj Sandhu

    Manraj Sandhu

    16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I loved the doctor ib the blue shirt he gave a very good answer to a question i would definetly say it was Modi's fault that mans a BEAST

  • Grab One

    Grab One

    16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    God bless India

    • James Smith

      James Smith

      16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      India needs Jesus to cure coronavirus.

  • Umaz Jalal

    Umaz Jalal

    16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    looks like all the Hindu gods will not be able to save Indians again

  • Saima Zahoor

    Saima Zahoor

    16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    What is your explanation now for such a massive gathering.

  • Eva

    Eva

    16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    World health :" No gatherings ! " - INdians : " Lets all bath together in the name of some god in the same river " Later on that day... Out of control covid in India

    • A Z

      A Z

      15 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      I guess you are from the US yet in UK after lockdown was lifted few weeks ago everyone was boozing in the pubs and parks without masks all the people are stupid just the way they do stupidity differs.

  • Crusader of Underdogs

    Crusader of Underdogs

    16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    We need to fight the disease of hindutva alongside Covid in India. The former has been breeding the latter due to mindless religious practices.

  • Hang Tuah 2.0

    Hang Tuah 2.0

    16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    😜 Virus loves religious gatherings.
    As usual,humans are stubborn animals.

  • Y2KDolphin

    Y2KDolphin

    17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Does remind me of the symptoms of ARDS alike SARS in 2003.

  • Lizbear5

    Lizbear5

    17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    God, help these people that are going though a tough time. I also have covid-19 and im with mild symptoms, and yet I don't go around spreading my germs. We. All the whole wide world believe we all contagious and therefore stay at 🏡

  • Joyce Serrao

    Joyce Serrao

    17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    We're is Mr.Modi gone ohh mistaken might be on vacation

  • Roanne Ganciu

    Roanne Ganciu

    17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Yet their country has the vaccine to export ......

  • Alan Sia

    Alan Sia

    17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    The Virus spreading like wild fire
    Yet all so close together no mask no social distancing stupid silly people all searching for death yourself
    REMEMBER GOD DONT HELP
    GOD DONT KNOW WHAT IS COVID 19 STAND UP DONT BE SILLY
    SEE FOR YOURSEIF ALL IS DYING FAST BY THOUSANDS NO JOKE
    NO GOD UP THERE STOP ALL THIS

  • Alan Sia

    Alan Sia

    17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Stupid gathering thats why so many covid cases God wont help u
    Praying no point there is no God up thete have u seen god before so dont expect MIRACLE TO HAPPEN
    ALL WILL BE DEATH SOON TURNING INTO GRAVE GOD WONT HELP DONT BE STUPID STOP ALL THIS SO CROWED SO DIRTY

  • Jon T

    Jon T

    17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    200,000 doesnt sound like alot when u have 1.4 billion people.
    200,000 detected cases?2 million undetected a day?

  • Tejas Patil

    Tejas Patil

    17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I'm surprised how multinational US and European companies want to invest in the economy for profits but don't want to step forward to save that economy from dying out totally. I understand it's not their responsibility, but it's also not great to take advantage without being of any help at all.

  • Fredelino Lomeda

    Fredelino Lomeda

    17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    While in the Philippines with 15K death some stupid moron still blaming the government and asking the president to step down.

  • Vincent Conti

    Vincent Conti

    17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    India getting more new cases than US new cases

  • Marie Just Marie

    Marie Just Marie

    17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Didn't they all gather at the river for a religious ceremony? That would explain it.

  • Charmaine Hartman

    Charmaine Hartman

    17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    People go on your knees pray and repent 🙏

  • In SEARCH of

    In SEARCH of

    17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    There is a deep malice in BBC against India. DW reported same, but they don't use stereotypes. Right on the cover pic, you can see how BBC perceive India, doesn't matter what they are reporting? How is that pic relevant to the news that you are delivering.
    This is word by word , latter by latter and case by case "some really old school Racism".

  • straighterrecord

    straighterrecord

    17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Not 200k it's 250k daily cases

  • VICE News CORRESPONDENT

    VICE News CORRESPONDENT

    17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Why Covid 19 cases are soaring in India again ?
    --> Indians never asked for Hospitals or any development in medical field, they asked for Mandir and Masjid. Government must not be blamed because they gave us Mandir and Masjid especially *Ram Mandir* . They are now closed. Crematoriums are refusing bodies , Graves are full . If India had asked for Hospitals picture would have been different
    *Mahatma Gandhi said in 1942 while addressing in Britain " Leaver India to God. If it is too much leave her to the anarchy*
    For more information see - https://youtu.be/iBhw-ea1Jm0

  • Sam

    Sam

    17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    For all the racists commenting on here just remember England would be Germany right now if it weren’t for the Indians just research the name Subash Chandra Bose your real hero you muppets.

  • Adrian Tallon

    Adrian Tallon

    17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Oh no not cases , cases people not deaths recovery rate is 99 % wake up

  • C -

    C -

    17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Modi is a joke

  • Forest

    Forest

    17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Look at how they massacred my boys

  • RITURAJ GOGOI

    RITURAJ GOGOI

    17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Kumbhomela virus of atomic bomb, virus ki samai kumbhomela Kiya jaruri tha , government ko allow nhi karna chahiye tha...

  • Salam pm

    Salam pm

    17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Bad.pm

  • Awan Biru

    Awan Biru

    17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Religious congregation, political rallies and ignorant public and official whom think they already have herd immunity.

  • Khalid s

    Khalid s

    17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Modi created to mutch problems whiis racist part

  • Nunu In The Garden

    Nunu In The Garden

    17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    India dont control their crowds during festivals.

  • a b

    a b

    17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Govt got one year to be prepared for the 2nd wave but govt has failed and imposing lockdown is totally unbearable because we earn in a day and eat at night what will we do

  • ReGenMed83

    ReGenMed83

    17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Good God, no...

  • Incomeking

    Incomeking

    17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Population decrease

  • John Shak

    John Shak

    17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    The average Chinese or Japanese family might have 1 kid a poor family in South America, Africa or India might have 5 kids. It isn’t just the global population growth that is the problem it is the fact that the poor are multiplying at a rate 3x-5x faster than the rest.

  • John Shak

    John Shak

    17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    China developed and its birth rate now follows the “prosperous country” pattern. Africa is not sufficiently unified nor governable to implement such a policy. Those who answered with tax incentives, sterilization and other heavy handed policies have no practical way to implement them in Africa short of full scale invasion and likely genocide