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'Each burning pyre is an unspeakable, screeching horror' – one researcher on the frontline of India's COVID crisis

By Vyoma Dhar Sharma, DPhil candidate in International Development, University of Oxford
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Global health researcher Vyoma Dhar Sharma had just embarked on a fieldwork trip to India as COVID-19 began sweeping through the population and overwhelming hospitals. It has taken a terrible toll on her country – and her family.

August 25, 2020

It is pouring by the time my taxi reaches Oxford’s Gloucester Green bus station. I dash through the rain towards the Heathrow bay as the X90 coach pulls in. The driver gets down to smoke a cigarette and we talk, about COVID-19 obviously. He says he does not know of a single person who has died of this disease. “You only hear…

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