When I started running, I ran barefoot. But in my first Nationals, my father brought running shoes with spikes on them. It was just a normal pair of running shoes. I wrote ‘Adidas’ on the shoes with my hand. You never know what fate can do, Adidas is now making shoes with my name.
That’s star sprinter Hima Das in a conversation with ex-cricketer Suresh Raina. The farmer’s daughter is now a brand ambassador for Adidas—which made custom sneakers for Das with her name on one side, and ‘create history’ on the other. It’s a reminder that all good things are possible at a time when it may seem otherwise. Illustration: Parth Savla.
the big story
The alarming spike in India numbers
The TLDR: The Covid count in India is currently 198,370. We added a record 8,392 new cases on Monday—and are now the seventh-worst hit nation in the world, having overtaken both France and Spain. This surge is alarming, yes. But it also disguises serious problems with the data—which is outdated and filled with holes.
First, the surge
The greatest numbers are located in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Gujarat—which contribute almost 70% of all new cases.
But the fastest-growing tallies belong to Bihar, Assam, Haryana and Kerala—all of whom are witnessing a resurgence due to the return of migrants and easing of travel restrictions.
Also in trouble: Delhi, which has reported 1,000-plus cases for five days in a row. Its tally jumped by 6000 last week, and is now 19,844.
It’s why CM Kejriwal has sealed the city’s borders—worried that patients from neighbouring states will overwhelm the capital’s hospitals.
The worst hit: Maharashtra with 67,655 cases and 2,236 deaths.
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