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Millions plunge into poverty as COVID pandemic rages on in India

Munawar Zaman

Press TV, New Delhi

Fear and fury continues to grip the Indian subcontinent as the COVID-19 pandemic ravages the world’s second most populous nation.

On Wednesday, India posted a higher death toll of more than 4,200, pushing the total fatalities to over 250,000 based on the government data.

Reports suggest the death rate could be much higher than the government figures. Based on the government data, Wednesday recorded around 350,000 new infections, pushing the overall caseload past 23 million.

The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic has unfolded unseen and unheard miseries in this part of the world. But the poor have always been on the forefront. Health experts have described the pandemic as the biggest crisis and the biggest calamity the country has witnessed in centuries.

With the population of more than 1.3 billion people, the country’s healthcare system collapsed so did the second wave unravel miseries of unthinkable proportion for its population. The nation continues to struggle with the lack of crematoriums, graveyards, medical staff and oxygen supplies.

The infection has now spread from big cities to the rural parts of the country raising fears of more devastation. The poor continue to be unseen victims of the pandemic and struggle in this time of crises. The rural parts of India are also witnessing a surge in cases over the last two weeks raising alarms how the countryside will deal with the crises due to lack of healthcare.

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