On April 24, India’s daily new COVID-19 deaths were 2,760. The number has since jumped to 4,008 as of May 11.

To put the figures in perspective, the average daily number of dead in India from all causes was about 25,000 and over the past 13 months, Indians have died in greater numbers from 11 other causes including suicides. On the same day, tens of thousands protested in London against lockdowns and vaccination certificates.

U.S. President Joe Biden said the decision by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to open the state completely on March 2 reflected “Neanderthal thinking.” His coronavirus adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said it was “ill-advised,” “inexplicable” and would lead to surging cases. Yet the state’s seven-day moving averages of COVID-19 cases and deaths fell between March 2 and April 23 by 40% and 70%, respectively.