As India’s covid deaths soar, hundreds of bodies found in and around the Ganges river

As India struggles to contain a protracted resurgence of coronavirus cases, the sheer number of deaths — around 4,000 on many days since late April and surpassing 4,500 this week, figures that represent an undercount — has overwhelmed communities and hollowed out their economies. Like the bodies found in the Ganges, whether they died of covid-19, heart attacks or old age, the inhabitants of these communities are victims of the virus, too.

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