Latest estimates from the WHO show India had 4.7 million Covid-19-related deaths during 2019-2020, the highest of any country but 33rd in death rate relative to population. Of these, 3.9 million were in 2021, including 2.3 million during the second wave driven by Delta variant. India, with an official Covid-19 death toll of 481,000 for the period, has rejected these findings, the only country among 194 to do so. Rukmini S. explains.

The poorest fifth of India’s population in rural areas spent 12 times the poverty line, out of their own pockets on health while the poorest in urban areas spent nine times the urban poverty line. Click to explore more data viz on India’s 2019 health profile.

Reducing methane emissions can keep us on track for reducing global temperatures by 0.2°C by 2050. Click here to explore our data viz.

Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel and the single largest cause of global temperature rise to date. Click here to explore our data viz.

Electrifying road transportation is a key step to halving carbon emissions this decade and stabilising global heating at 1.5°C. Click here to explore our data viz.

An earlier agreement failed to halve deforestation by 2020, or put the world on track to halt it by 2030. Click here to explore our data viz.

India is using natural gas as a ‘transition fuel’ as it moves from polluting coal to clean renewable energy. Natural gas, though less polluting than coal, is not as clean as renewables. Experts say building more natural gas infrastructure and power generation capacity could crowd out investment in renewables and other emissions-free technologies such as green hydrogen, and over-capacity could lead to assets being stranded. The solution, they say, is to plan in such a way that gas infrastructure can be repurposed for renewables such as green hydrogen. Click here to read our story.

The ideal tree-human ratio in cities is 8:1. Urban projects planned with little thought for their environmental impact have left Indian cities with depleted tree cover. Click to view.

While caseloads are falling in the bigger cities and states, localised outbreaks are apparent in the northeast and parts of central and north India. Click to view.

Despite a 181% increase in the daily rate of vaccination from 1.9 million doses per day in May to 5.4 million in August 2021, India is likely to miss the goal of fully vaccinating all adults by December 2021. Our Data Viz looks at the latest numbers. Click to view.

Improving financial health of power distribution companies, better forecasting and scheduling, and strengthening grid infrastructure are key Click to view.

The runaway growth of solar has come at the cost of other renewables that have become relatively less price-competitive Click to view.

India has made rapid strides, but here's why it must set itself more ambitious targets. Click to view.

Falling tariffs, aggressive targets and government incentives have helped scale up rapidly. Click to view.

Conducive policies and grid infrastructure explain why states that installed wind power capacity three decades ago have attracted solar investments in recent years. Click to view.

As India crosses the 100,000 MW renewable energy capacity, our Data Viz this week examines India's RE scenario -- the good, the bad, and the action needed. See how much of your state's energy consumption is from renewables in today's analysis by REConnect. Click to view.

India's MSME sector comprises 63 million units and has created 111 million jobs, but this sector is plagued by low levels of registration. Click to view.

The construction sector accounts for every fifth non-farm job in India Click to view.

Women tend to be concentrated in apparel and textile manufacturing and in services like education and health, while men are concentrated in the trade and hotels sector, and manufacturing including in heavy industry. Click to view.

The MSME ministry’s cluster development programme of 1998, further revamped in October 2007, plays a vital role in transforming certain districts into specialised manufacturing centres. Click to view.

Most southern and western states employ more people in manufacturing and other non-farm work, while states such as Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh have more people working in agriculture. Click to view.

Starting today, this week we bring you insights from the Economic Census and the Periodic Labour Force Survey, in simple visualisations and bite-sized analyses by Viola Lewis of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements. Click to view.

In Gujarat, 6.2% of the COVID-19 patients have died, against 2.8% in India. We speak to Jayanti Ravi, principal secretary, health and family welfare, Gujarat, to understand why case fatality is higher, and discuss the state’s infrastructure preparedness and response. Read the interview here

COVID-19 cases in Delhi and Mumbai, two of the most populated cities in India, show a different picture of the growth of the disease and underscore the variations across India. Read on:

30% of the patients that had tested positive until 2 weeks ago (April 12) have not yet recovered, an IndiaSpend analysis of ministry data shows. Read on:

Where COVID-19 cases are declining, or resurging.

Over 10,000 Cases Detected In Last Week. Our coverage:

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Compared to other countries, India is running fewer tests.

For every 100 tests conducted, fewer tests in India are showing positive compared to other countries.

227 new COVID-19 cases were added on March 30, the highest single-day spike in India.

By March 24, 22,694 samples from 21,804 individuals had been tested for COVID-19, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research. Close to 41.5% (9,409) of these tests were conducted between March 20-24 at an average of nearly 1,882 tests per day.