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A Better Way To Read India's Rising COVID-19 Numbers

How is the pandemic panning out in the world's second most populous country? Science editor for The Wire, Vasudevan Mukunth, offers some statistical insight.

A woman and her daughter wait to get tested for the coronavirus.
A woman and her daughter wait to get tested for the coronavirus.
Vasudevan Mukunth

BENGALURU — The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to get comfortable with an array of numbers and glut of statistical methods. But of the three numbers that governments and the media use to convey the extent of the virus' spread — the total number of cases, the number of active cases, and the number of new cases daily — it is the first number that grabs most headlines.

Last week, on July 16, India's total tally of COVID-19 cases hit the 1 million mark. But since 0.63 million of those are cured, the total number of active cases is 343,000.

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Urban Indigenous: How Peru's Shipibo-Conibo Keep Amazon Culture Alive In The City

For four years, indigenous photographer David Díaz Gonzales has documented the lives and movements of his Shipibo-Conibo community, as many of them migrated from their native Peruvian Amazon to the city. A work of remembrance and resistance.

For Shipibo-Conibo women, sporting a fringe is usually a sign of celebration or ceremony.

Rosa Chávez Yacila

YARINACOCHA — It was decades ago when the Shipibo-Conibo left their settlements along the banks of the Ucayali River, in eastern Peru, to begin a great migration to the cities. Still among the largest Amazonian communities in Peru — 32,964 according to the Ministry of Culture — though most Shipibo-Conibo now live in the urban district of Yarinacocha.

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