India’s Covid-19 horrors played out in many parts of south Asia this year

Over the last two months, as India dealt with one of the world’s deadliest Covid-19 waves, a host of its neighbours suffered a similar plight.

From a sharp increase in new coronavirus cases to record high positivity rates, and insufficient healthcare infrastructure, most south Asian countries have had a bitter experience with Covid in recent weeks. In some regions, the outbreak was directly linked to India.

On May 25, south Asia was...