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Vaishnavi ChandrashekharScience’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center and the Heising-Simons Foundation.MUMBAI, INDIA—One day at the end of April, dentist Azmera Shaikh tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

That afternoon, feeling feverish and achy, she and her mother, who had also tested positive, descended from their apartment here to board an ambulance to the hospital.

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