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A Country in Flames: Complacency and Government Failures Fueled India’s COVID Disaster


DER SPIEGEL 18/2021










SPIEGEL International






Lalan Kumar has driven an ambulance for 10 years now. His work begins at 6 a.m. and he gets home around midnight.



Lalan Kumar has driven an ambulance for 10 years now. His work begins at 6 a.m. and he gets home around midnight.


Foto: Adnan Bhat / DER SPIEGEL





The Seemapuri cremation ground in Delhi is hopelessly overflowing. The waiting time for cremation is two to three hours.



The Seemapuri cremation ground in Delhi is hopelessly overflowing. The waiting time for cremation is two to three hours.


Foto: Adnan Bhat / DER SPIEGEL

“The overall situation is under control.”

Harsh Vardhan, India’s health minister, at the end of March





A woman in Delhi mourns the loss of her husband, who died of COVID-19.



A woman in Delhi mourns the loss of her husband, who died of COVID-19.


Foto: Adnan Bhat / DER SPIEGEL





Rahul Seth, a 28-year-old lawyer, is trying to save his mother's life.



Rahul Seth, a 28-year-old lawyer, is trying to save his mother’s life.


Foto: Adnan Bhat / DER SPIEGEL

“I have never felt so helpless in my whole life.”



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