Rural doctors braced for ‘devastating’ second wave as India’s workers flee citiesApril 24, 2021
As Covid cases spike, countryside physicians say hospital space is scarce while most infections go unreported
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Scenes of migrant workers massing at bus and train stations, fleeing lockdowns in Indian cities for their villages, are ominous to doctors in the country’s hinterlands.
They know that many of those in the crowds will be returning with Covid-19 strains that are ravaging urban India, leading to record numbers of daily infections this week and the country’s highest daily death tolls since the virus emerged. In parts of rural West Bengal state, where politicians were holding mass election rallies until late this week, the surge has already started.