Sunita Narain's Desk

Director General of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) and the Editor of Down To Earth magazine. She is an environmentalist who pushes for changes in policies, practices and mindsets

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Meet the pandemic that never left India

India recorded 36,240 swine flu cases and 1,833 deaths between May 2009 and 2010. Every year since a considerable number of cases and deaths have been recorded. Nearly 39,000 swine flu cases and an unprecedented 2,270 deaths were recorded in 2017. In 2019 too, some 29,000 were infected and 1,200 died across the country. In the first two months of 2020, 1,100 were infected and 18 died, according to the most recent data from the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme under the National Centre for Disease Control. Epicentres, meanwhile, have varied: From Delhi, Maharashtra and Rajasthan in 2009 to Gujarat, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh in ’17, back to Rajasthan, Delhi as well as Gujarat in ’19.