Good morning. We are covering new estimates of the warm death toll in India, the wildfires in the American West and the growing tension between the US and China.
India’s Covid toll could be ten times higher
The number of people in India who have died during the coronavirus pandemic is likely to exceed three million, nearly ten times the official number of deaths from viruses, according to a new study.
The Center for Global Development, a Washington research institute, tried to quantify the excess of deaths from all causes during the pandemic based on state data, international estimates, serological studies, and family surveys.
The study estimated that between 3.4 and 4.7 million more people than normally expected died from January 2020 to June 2021, and suggested that deaths from Covid-19 could only have occurred. to four million.
A chorus of experts has called official government numbers underestimated.
Vaccines: About 6.3 per cent of the population of India is fully vaccinated. According to a Times database, the country continues to report nearly 40,000 new cases and about 500 deaths a day on average.
Extreme weather beats the United States
Forest fires erupted across the American West while another heat wave erupting helped fuel the drought. The smoke from the flames made its way across the continent, spreading to New York City and anywhere else on the east coast.
In Oregon, the Bootleg Fire, this year’s largest forest fire in the United States, is so hot that it generates its own weather. The flame has an imposing cloud of hot air, smoke and moisture that reached the heights of the planes and caused lightning.
“Usually weather predicts what the fire will do,” a spokesman for the Oregon Forestry Department said. “In that case, the fire predicts what the weather will be like.”
Context: Climate change is making forest fires more intense and intense, as last month’s drought and strong heat waves will dry out the landscape.
The future: In Oakley, a small town in Utah, officials have stopped building in an effort to preserve the water they have left. Oakley is not alone: droughts and fires are challenging the future of development across the West.
Elsewhere: France passed a new climate law banning some short-haul flights, requiring more vegetarian meals in schools and limiting plastic packaging. But activists say the measures will not significantly affect climate change.
US-China ties are broken
Beijing was no fan of the U.S. during the Trump administration. President Biden looks like he could be an even tougher opponent.
In six months, the Biden administration has imposed sanctions for repression in Xinjiang and the deteriorating business climate in Hong Kong. Now, it has brought together other nations to accuse China of cyberespionage.
The torrent of attacks has outraged Beijing. China has responded with retaliatory measures, but these are not yet an effective counter to Washington’s new strategic approach.
Climbing: While both sides have said they want to avoid a new Cold War, they are sinking into an increasingly ideological conflict that shows little sign of relaxation. Around Taiwan, the accelerated pace of military operations increases the chances of armed confrontation, albeit accidentally.
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A look at the US Olympic stars
The Tokyo Olympics start on Friday and we will offer you a lot of coverage through the Games. Americans will be closely watching three sports where American teams are especially strong this year.
Gymnastics: American women are the favorites to win the team event for the third time in a row, led by Simone Biles. If she wins the global competition again, she will be the first woman to repeat as an Olympic champion in more than half a century.
Swimming: Like Biles, Katie Ledecky claims to be the best athlete in the world. He won five gold medals in 2016 and could win six more this year, three in events in which he holds the world record.
Sprinter Caeleb Dressel – the “next Michael Phelps,” as ESPN says, is the favorite in his three individual races. This year’s American team is also unusually young, with 11 teenagers, most since 1996.
Track and field: Allyson Felix has her fifth Olympics. If he wins a medal, it will be his tenth, equaling Carl Lewis ’record in the most won by an American track athlete.
The marquee event may be the women’s 400-meter hurdles, with two American favorites: Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhammad. They have run three times since 2019, notes The Washington Post, and the winner has set a new world record each time.
PLAY, WATCH, EAT
What to cook?
This fine but juicy burger maximizes flavor over volume, but is still suitable for a grill.
What to see?
“The New Bauhaus,” a documentary about the legacy of artist Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, suggests that it should be a well-known name.
What to read
“What a Strange Paradise” presents a narrative confronted with real events: the wars and revolutions in the Middle East and the migrant crisis that followed.
Now it’s time to play
Here’s today’s Mini Crossword and a clue: Egypt’s neighbor to the west (5 letters).
And here’s today’s Spelling Bee.
You can find all our puzzles here.
That’s all for today’s briefing. See you soon. – Amelia and Lauren
PS Roger Cohen, head of The Times office in Paris, received the Legion of Honor, the highest award of the French government.
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Tom Wright-Piersanti wrote Arts and Ideas Today. You can contact Amelia, Lauren and the team at [email protected]
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