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World's Biggest Covid Crisis Threatens Modi's Grip on India

The Indian leader is a polarizing figure despite his high popularity ratings. The pandemic threatens to dent his appeal.  

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World Pledges Aid for India as Covid-19 Cases Surge
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As India recorded more than 234,000 new Covid-19 infections last Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an election rally in the West Bengal town of Asansol and tweeted: “I’ve never seen such huge crowds.”

The second wave of the coronavirus has since grown into a tsunami. India is now the global coronavirus hotspot, setting records for the world’s highest number of daily cases. Images of hospitals overflowing with the sick and dying are flooding social media, as medical staff and the public alike make desperate appeals for oxygen supplies.