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Coronavirus is ripping through India’s remote north, where whole villages are helpless against its advance – ABC News

The sheer spread of COVID-19 in India means many towns and villages that escaped the worst of the pandemic last year are now drowning in cases. But the nation’s…

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Every year, elders in India’s rural towns and villages anticipate the arrival of what they call “viral fever”.
The illness, which is considered mysterious and largely unavoidable, is often influenza. Annual flu jabs are rare in these parts.
But this year’s viral fever was vastly different to previous infections.
The virus hit like a sledgehammer, rapidly tearing through entire communities where access to healthcare is poor at best. 
In the village of Kuwankheda, in western Uttar Pradesh, around…

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