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New Virus Hotspots Are Emerging in Rural Villages Across India

  • Spike of new cases in rural clusters brings fresh challenge
  • Infection rise following arrival of migrants to villages
Stores and businesses stand shuttered on a deserted street during a partial lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus at a town in the Gautam Buddh Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh, India, in April.
Stores and businesses stand shuttered on a deserted street during a partial lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus at a town in the Gautam Buddh Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh, India, in April.Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

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After overwhelming India’s megacities, the coronavirus is now moving through the country’s vast hinterland.