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India's new Covid-19 epicentre is in rural south; healthcare system buckling under rising caseloads

Mrs Laxmamma, a patient at the Chamarajanagar government district hospital, lying on the floor while sharing an oxygen outlet with another patient.
Mrs Laxmamma, a patient at the Chamarajanagar government district hospital, lying on the floor while sharing an oxygen outlet with another patient.ST PHOTO: ROHINI MOHAN

CHAMARAJANAGAR - In the Covid-19 ward in the Chamarajanagar government district hospital about 175km from Karnataka's capital city of Bangalore, every bed is occupied. Relatives fervently fan patients, change their soiled sheets or help them lay prone.

Rural south India has now emerged as the new Covid-19 epicentre, home to 22 of India's 30 worst-hit districts. The understaffed and poorly funded village healthcare system is dangerously bending under the rising caseloads.

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