On today’s podcast: We look at why some countries are reporting surprisingly low numbers of coronavirus cases
India, the world’s second-most-populous country, has some 60 confirmed cases of the coronavirus out of a population of 1.4 billion people. Contrast that with Iceland, which has one of the highest number of cases per capita in the world, with over 80 infections out of a population of just 364,000.
On today’s episode, we look at why this may be the case. Does climate play a role? Are some countries just better equipped to detect the virus? Are authoritarian states looking to sweep their infection numbers under the rug?
Don’t Touch Your Face hosts James Palmer and Amy Mackinnon are joined by Foreign Policy’s managing editor Ravi Agrawal, who previously served as CNN’s bureau chief and correspondent in New Delhi, to talk about India’s ability to respond to the pandemic.
About Don’t Touch Your Face: On the last day of 2019, China reported an unusual outbreak in Wuhan, a port city with a population of 11 million. Within two months, the disease would spread to almost every continent on the globe and kill thousands of people. From Foreign Policy, a podcast about the extent of the COVID-19 contagion, the threat it poses, and what countries are doing to contain it. Join FP’s James Palmer and Amy Mackinnon as they track the spread of the virus and explore what it means for people’s everyday lives. Have a coronavirus question for us to explore? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. See All Episodes
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