Jamie Mullick

Jamie Mullick works as a chief content producer at Hindustan Times. He uses data and graphics to tell his stories.

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How 2022 became a turning point in Covid-19 outbreak

Covid-19: 2022, meanwhile, will go down as the year the world started reaping the dividends of the vaccination effort put in through 2021.

A man walks past a mural art of a health worker at New Delhi’s Rajendra Nagar. (HT photo)
A man walks past a mural art of a health worker at New Delhi’s Rajendra Nagar. (HT photo)
Updated on Dec 31, 2022 04:52 AM IST

Number Theory: Understanding the key numbers behind China’s latest Covid surge

Over the past week, the Covid-19 outbreak in China has dominated headlines. Following a record surge in cases, all major cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, have been put under some form of lockdown, forcing people to hit the streets in a rare outburst of public anger against the government.

A healthcare worker in protective gear assists residents at a Covid-19 testing station in Shanghai, China, on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. (Bloomberg)
A healthcare worker in protective gear assists residents at a Covid-19 testing station in Shanghai, China, on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. (Bloomberg)
Updated on Nov 29, 2022 02:15 PM IST

Four things to learn from the first-ever CUET results

An HT analysis of the preliminary results fact sheet released by NTA gives important insights into the exam.

The CUET-UG was conducted over a period of six weeks with tests in a given subject held on different days. (Photo: Saumya Khandelwal/HT | File image)
The CUET-UG was conducted over a period of six weeks with tests in a given subject held on different days. (Photo: Saumya Khandelwal/HT | File image)
Published on Sep 16, 2022 11:29 PM IST
By, , New Delhi

Covid deaths 10th of fatalities last year in same period

Of the 33,161 deaths that have taken place till August 17 this year, nearly half (47.4%) can be traced to just one state — Kerala — which has 15,706 deaths this calendar year.

A person being inoculated with a booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine at district hospital in Sector 30, Noida, India, on Thursday, August 18, 2022. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
A person being inoculated with a booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine at district hospital in Sector 30, Noida, India, on Thursday, August 18, 2022. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Aug 19, 2022 01:08 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Saving lives, and living on with the Covid pandemic

It has now been more than two-and-a-half years since the first Covid-19 infections were reported in China. The world came together to halt the spread of the disease.

Passengers wait to be tested after they arrive at Toronto’s Pearson airport after Covid-19 testing took effect for international arrivals in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada on February 15, 2021. (REUTERS)
Passengers wait to be tested after they arrive at Toronto’s Pearson airport after Covid-19 testing took effect for international arrivals in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada on February 15, 2021. (REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 18, 2022 11:16 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Covid cases rising again: Is it a cause for concern?

With 4,283 new cases of Covid-19 reported across India on Wednesday, according to HT’s dashboard, the country saw the biggest single-day spike in infections in at least 80 days even as fears emerged that the outbreak is again starting to rise in a handful of urban centres across the country.

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Updated on Jun 03, 2022 12:29 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Understanding the latest global surge in Covid-19 infections

Are deaths rising again too? What role is the global vaccination drive playing in protecting people? Here are three sets of charts that explain this.

The seven-day average of new infections of Covid-19 across the world in the past week has touched 562,014, according to data collated by Our World In Data.(AP)
The seven-day average of new infections of Covid-19 across the world in the past week has touched 562,014, according to data collated by Our World In Data.(AP)
Updated on May 20, 2022 11:56 AM IST

Numbers Matter | The growing booster challenge for India

Six weeks since the vaccine drive started, it is becoming apparent that the road ahead for booster coverage is going to be different in terms of pushing for coverage. Here's what we know:

For the first time since India’s inoculation drive started, the challenge ahead is not one of supply, but that of demand. (PTI)
For the first time since India’s inoculation drive started, the challenge ahead is not one of supply, but that of demand. (PTI)
Published on May 17, 2022 02:49 PM IST

True Covid toll 14.9mn,India count 4.7mn: WHO

At least 4

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Updated on May 06, 2022 04:39 PM IST
ByJamie Mullick and Binayak Dasgupta, New Delhi

India’s excess deaths not derived from global model: WHO team

The controversy about the volume of “excess deaths” in India kicked off on April 16, when a report in the New York Times claimed that an effort by WHO to calculate the real global death toll from the pandemic “has been delayed for months because of objections from India."

An NYT report put India’s death toll at nearly 4 million, disputing the government’s figure of over 520,000 fatalities. Raj K Raj/HT archive
An NYT report put India’s death toll at nearly 4 million, disputing the government’s figure of over 520,000 fatalities. Raj K Raj/HT archive
Updated on Apr 19, 2022 04:10 PM IST

Numbers Matter | The expansion of India's booster programme 

Despite the sheer size of the expansion plan, it does not appear to be an unsurmountable task for the government, especially going by past data. Let's see why.

From the drive having nearly 188 million people eligible for booster shots, it has now expanded to cover over 940 million people with a third shot of the vaccine. (Unsplash)
From the drive having nearly 188 million people eligible for booster shots, it has now expanded to cover over 940 million people with a third shot of the vaccine. (Unsplash)
Updated on Apr 13, 2022 03:38 PM IST

How booster expansion may change the course of India’s vaccination drive

India will likely see a massive demand for booster shots announced Friday

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Published on Apr 09, 2022 12:00 AM IST

What India can learn from 2 years of Covid curbs

India was not the first country, and nor was it the last, to impose such unprecedented restrictions to control a fast-spreading global outbreak about which scientists knew very little at the time.

A CISF personnel wears a face mask as he stand guards, at IGI Airport, amid the lockdown, in New Delhi.(Amal KS/HT Photo/For Representative Purposes Only)
A CISF personnel wears a face mask as he stand guards, at IGI Airport, amid the lockdown, in New Delhi.(Amal KS/HT Photo/For Representative Purposes Only)
Updated on Mar 24, 2022 11:29 AM IST

Numbers Matter | The figures behind the booster expansion debate

Protection against severe Covid starts fading fast after 4-6 months. This is why, the sooner the issue of wider booster coverage is dealt with (and boosters are made available), the better for India, and the world.

Several global studies, both in a laboratory setting as well as those that looked at real-world data, have shown that vaccine effectiveness against Covid-19 starts decreasing after a certain time period. (Frank Hoermann/SVEN SIMON/picture alliance)
Several global studies, both in a laboratory setting as well as those that looked at real-world data, have shown that vaccine effectiveness against Covid-19 starts decreasing after a certain time period. (Frank Hoermann/SVEN SIMON/picture alliance)
Published on Mar 22, 2022 01:17 PM IST

Waning immunity may require wider boosters

Large section of those vaccinated got their last dose more than 6 months ago, leading to protection tapering.

Booster doses for senior citizens and frontline workers were opened on January 10. (Vijay Bate/HT Photo)
Booster doses for senior citizens and frontline workers were opened on January 10. (Vijay Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 21, 2022 11:35 AM IST

India Covid cases at 22-month low amid global surge

The pandemic numbers in India, however, appear to be clearly defying the global trend for now – the seven-day average new Covid-19 cases in the country is currently the lowest in over 22 months, according to HT’s dashboard.

Experts said that while cases are rising in several countries, including those that have already seen a previous Omicron surge in early 2022, the situation in India remains one of relative comfort. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)
Experts said that while cases are rising in several countries, including those that have already seen a previous Omicron surge in early 2022, the situation in India remains one of relative comfort. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 18, 2022 05:48 AM IST
By, New Delhi:

Numbers Matter | Why the current outbreak in Hong Kong is unlike any other

With the average daily deaths much higher than ever seen since the beginning of the pandemic, there are lessons for countries on their approach to fighting the virus

When seen against Hong Kong’s population of 7.5 million, Tuesday’s statistics mean 30.4 deaths per million, while Monday’s 249 deaths come out to a whopping 33 deaths for every million residents. (Bloomberg)
When seen against Hong Kong’s population of 7.5 million, Tuesday’s statistics mean 30.4 deaths per million, while Monday’s 249 deaths come out to a whopping 33 deaths for every million residents. (Bloomberg)
Published on Mar 16, 2022 12:52 PM IST

Numbers Matter | Two years, three waves, four lessons

Here we take a look at the lessons that two years of the pandemic have taught us, and how they may serve us in possible future waves.

But the second anniversary comes at one of the better times of the pandemic. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
But the second anniversary comes at one of the better times of the pandemic. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Published on Mar 03, 2022 02:46 PM IST

Two years on: What we’ve learnt from the outbreak

March 2 marks the completion of the second year of India’s ongoing battle with the global Covid-19 pandemic

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Published on Mar 01, 2022 10:53 PM IST

Kaws for cheer: This art show took place in the metaverse

Works by the NYC street artist are showing in a UK gallery, online and in Fortnite. Might this be one of the most viewed art events in history? It’s certainly not the first

Taking in the works of Kaws, at Serpentine North, the virtual exhibition space within the video game Fortnite.
Taking in the works of Kaws, at Serpentine North, the virtual exhibition space within the video game Fortnite.
Updated on Feb 26, 2022 03:46 PM IST

Barkha Dutt: The stories behind the numbers

Her new book, To Hell And Back, offers a front-line view of those affected by Covid-19. It’s also a look at how Dutt’s own reporting, mobile, fast, unfettered by TV studios, has transformed

“Television, with all of its scale and all of its resources, did not shine [during the pandemic]. It made me step back and ask, ‘Had I lost touch with why I became a journalist to begin with?” says Barkha Dutt. (Image courtesy Barkha Dutt)
“Television, with all of its scale and all of its resources, did not shine [during the pandemic]. It made me step back and ask, ‘Had I lost touch with why I became a journalist to begin with?” says Barkha Dutt. (Image courtesy Barkha Dutt)
Updated on Feb 25, 2022 11:27 PM IST

Numbers Matter | Decoding the world’s Omicron wave peaks

As cases drop and the global Omicron wave recedes, a look into the trajectory of infections and deaths of all three waves

This favourable deviation in deaths can be explained by three factors — vaccination, the lethality of Omicron, and expertise. (Reuters)
This favourable deviation in deaths can be explained by three factors — vaccination, the lethality of Omicron, and expertise. (Reuters)
Published on Feb 16, 2022 11:03 AM IST

India’s daily new Covid cases dip below 50,000

There were a total of 45,486 new cases detected across India on Saturday, according to HT’s Covid-19 dashboard. This was the first time since January 3, exactly 40 days ago, that there were fewer than 50,000 cases in a single day.

Workers give finishing touches to a huge mural made on the facade of the Tambaram railway station, to create awareness and promote Covid-19 coronavirus vaccination in Chennai (Photo by Arun SANKAR/AFP)
Workers give finishing touches to a huge mural made on the facade of the Tambaram railway station, to create awareness and promote Covid-19 coronavirus vaccination in Chennai (Photo by Arun SANKAR/AFP)
Updated on Feb 13, 2022 01:25 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Numbers Matter | Covid-19: Three waves, three paces

India’s third wave has truly peaked and is now receding fast — giving us the unique chance to compare it to the two previous waves.

If we look at the case curve in these three waves purely in terms of when they started, there is a stark difference in terms of how prolonged each of the waves was. (iStock)
If we look at the case curve in these three waves purely in terms of when they started, there is a stark difference in terms of how prolonged each of the waves was. (iStock)
Published on Feb 08, 2022 08:33 PM IST

India’s daily Covid-19 case tally drops below 100,000

Just 18 days ago, there were more than four times as many cases – on January 20, there were 347,487 new infections of Covid-19 detected across India.

The total cases recorded in the country so far was 42,336,981on Monday, with 504,124fatalities.(ANI Photo)
The total cases recorded in the country so far was 42,336,981on Monday, with 504,124fatalities.(ANI Photo)
Published on Feb 08, 2022 12:07 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Covid-19: Cases start to plateau in third national wave

This is the first time a trend reversal has been witnessed since the start of the Omicron surge in late December.

A health worker collects swab samples of a man for Covid-19 testing, in Gurugram on Thursday. (Vipin Kumar /HT)
A health worker collects swab samples of a man for Covid-19 testing, in Gurugram on Thursday. (Vipin Kumar /HT)
Updated on Jan 29, 2022 06:21 AM IST

Numbers Matter | Omicron wave: Is it the beginning of the end?

If these trends are to hold, then that means that India may be headed to a peak in the third wave in coming days. This would be in line with what several mathematical and epidemiological models have predicted to be the time that this wave would peak – early February

The phenomenon of the high growth rate dropping to a reasonable figure is generally a common sight before numbers peak in a region – it happened in Delhi days before the wave peaked there (REUTERS)
The phenomenon of the high growth rate dropping to a reasonable figure is generally a common sight before numbers peak in a region – it happened in Delhi days before the wave peaked there (REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 28, 2022 03:19 PM IST

Covid hospitalisations drop in Mumbai, Delhi’s plateau

The two cities that were earliest urban hot spots of the Omicron wave, but in recent days, they have seen their case trajectories start to dip.

Gurugram: A healthworker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary at a vaccination centre, in Gurugram, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_19_2022_000086B) (PTI)
Gurugram: A healthworker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary at a vaccination centre, in Gurugram, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_19_2022_000086B) (PTI)
Updated on Jan 20, 2022 05:46 AM IST
By, New Delhi/mumbai

Numbers Matter | Covid: What the fall in hospitalisations in Mumbai, Delhi means

While the drop in cases may be because of low testing levels, or people using home test kits, a drop in hospitalisation is a crucial metric that reflects the on-the-ground situation

The current growth rate is still more than the highest levels recorded even during the worst of the Delta wave. (File Photo)
The current growth rate is still more than the highest levels recorded even during the worst of the Delta wave. (File Photo)
Published on Jan 19, 2022 03:17 PM IST

West Bengal’s daily Covid-19 cases cross second wave peak as surge continues

With 23,467 new cases reported across West Bengal on Thursday, the seven-day average of daily infections in the state has now touched 21,044

Devotees show their vaccination certificates before leaving for Sagar Island for Ganga Sagar Mela from Babughat transit camp, in Kolkata on Thursday. (ANI)
Devotees show their vaccination certificates before leaving for Sagar Island for Ganga Sagar Mela from Babughat transit camp, in Kolkata on Thursday. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 14, 2022 07:05 AM IST
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