In Rural India, Less COVID-19 Testing, More Fear — And A Few Ventilators For Millions

Rains have washed away the top layer of sand of shallow graves at a cremation ground on the banks of the Ganges River in Shringverpur, northwest of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. Coronavirus testing is limited in parts of rural India, but some of the people buried there are believed to have died of COVID-19.

Hospitals are full. Testing is scant. Illiteracy is high. Most deaths are never registered. COVID-19’s wrath in rural India is difficult to measure but public health experts are worried.

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