Covid in Uttar Pradesh: Coronavirus overwhelms India’s most populous state.
India is reeling under a severe second wave of Covid-19 and many states are struggling to cope with the rising numbers. Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, is among the worst affected in the country and its people are suffering even as authorities insist the situation is under control, reports the BBC’s Geeta Pandey.
With 240 million people, Uttar Pradesh is India’s most populous state. Home to every sixth Indian, if it was a separate country, it would be the fifth largest by population in the world, just behind China, India, US and Indonesia – and bigger than Pakistan and Brazil.
The state has 191,000 active cases at the moment and thousands of new infections are being reported daily – though numbers are believed to be much higher – and this has put the state’s creaky health infrastructure firmly in the spotlight.