Opinion: India’s Covid-19 catastrophe reflects years of neglecting its health system

Covid-19 is surging uncontrollably throughout India, disrupting big cities like Mumbai and devastating rural areas where there is extreme poverty and hardly any health care. The heart-rending images of funeral pyres set up in public parks, burning an endless line of bodies, is only a glimpse into the tragedy unfolding across the country.

People are waiting outside hospitals — where there are no longer any beds or even oxygen — in 100-degree heat with their sick and dying loved ones.

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