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    From the first wave in February in China through New York City’s April catastrophe and on to India’s current surge, the coronavirus has unleashed a worldwide suffering with no evident exit.
    The deaths started as a trickle. Then they become a torrent.

    Sept. 27, 2020

    Writing and reporting by Marc Fisher, Gerry Shih, Chico Harlan, Terrence McCoy and Joanna Slater
    Graphics and design by Kolin Pope, Atthar Mirza, Lucio Villa and Junne Alcantara

    The covid-19 death toll is on the brink of hitting 1 million. That’s as many as live in San Jose, Calif.; Volgograd, Russia; or Qom, Iran.

    It is a disease that peppers grieving families with indignities — no funerals, hurried burials, barely a chance to mourn. A covid-19 death is one that claims many people when they are alone, often in hospitals saturated with fear, equipped with only the barest of weapons against the bug.

    ... It is a pandemic that has divided countries from within, yet unites the world in common anguish and loss.