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India's e-health regulations are a rare COVID policy success

Startups see surge in usage of remote services linking doctors and patients

A health care worker takes a swab from a woman for a rapid antigen test in Ahmedabad. The COVID-19 pandemic has led many Indians to avoid visiting hospitals, boosting demand for telemedicine services.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Indian government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made a series of policy failures in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The world's most stringent nationwide lockdown put in place in March failed to slow down infections while destroying millions of livelihoods. Subsequent lockdown enforcement by the police on the streets turned out to be arbitrary and unnecessarily violent. The government's economic relief packages have been criticized by prominent economists as far from sufficient.

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