India and its 1.3 billion residents are on a three week lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19. The move was in response to troubling new predictions that suggested that without aggressive actions up to 500 million Indians could be infected and up to 50 million could experience severe illness.

A friend of mine is a practicing physician in Hyderabad, India who is also deeply involved in public health reforms and policy development in the country. Here are his thoughts, which he shared with me via email.

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Originally published on Medium (April 2, 2020)