India COVID cases push health care workers, families to breaking point

Alonzo Osche

KOLHAPUR, India – Aishwarya Tandon knew that her grandmother, feverish and breathless, had COVID-19. 

But no hospital would admit her without already having a positive coronavirus test, which was hard to come by.

“We were basically just going to hospitals door-to-door, and nobody was helping us,” said Tandon, 28. “There were literally no leads. You really had to plead (with) people.”

As India reels from a new variant and a second wave of COVID-19, its health care system is overwhelmed. And so are its citizens, grappling with the physical, mental and emotional onslaught of caretaking and loss.

The nation of

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