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Death in the Himalayas: Poverty, fear, stretched resources propel India’s COVID crisis

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By Sankalp Phartiyal and Danish Siddiqui PAURI GARHWAL, India (Reuters) – Pramila Devi’s shrouded body lay on a bier, resting on a rock on the banks of a muddy Ganges. The 36-year-old mother-of-three died the previous night in a village in the mountainous northern state of Uttarakhand, a day after testing positive for COVID-19. Devi’s death on Sunday is a sign of how poverty, fear and a lack of facilities are adding to COVID-19 fatalities in remote villages, where many shun tests for fear of testing positive and being forced to go to hospital far from home. India’s COVID-19 caseload stands at …

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