Coronavirus Threatens Catastrophe in India

A Vulnerable Population Braces for the Pandemic

Javed Dar / Xinhua / Redux

This week, the novel coronavirus pandemic, which has affected nearly 200 countries, will begin to ravage one of the biggest, most vulnerable nations in the world. India, home to more than 1.3 billion people, is bracing for a surge in COVID-19 cases. The country already has the largest cohort of people in the world living with respiratory disease, thanks primarily to its chronic air pollution and high rates of tuberculosis. Such conditions make this densely populated country the perfect fodder for a virus that attacks the lungs of its victims. India reported its first case of COVID-19 on January 30. Over the last few …