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India's COVID-19 crisis offers lessons for other nations

Administrative roadblocks and overconfidence led to spike in cases

Health workers carry wood to prepare a funeral pyre for a COVID-19 victim during a mass cremation in New Delhi on April 26.   © Reuters

The explosion of new coronavirus cases and collapse of the medical system in India, accelerating since March, should not be seen as a faraway problem. The South Asian nation's plight offers many lessons for other countries.

First, avoid overconfidence. Everyone -- from India's top leadership to the general population -- let their guard down when new infections slowed down in December and January.

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