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Continually climbing coronavirus case numbers that are overwhelming India's hospitals offer a grim view of what the pandemic could do to other countries with struggling health care systems, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore says as she calls on the global community to aid the country. One of every three new COVID-19 cases diagnosed worldwide is in India, the World Health Organization reports.
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