At the heart of this hinterland crisis lies the state of Uttar Pradesh – which has a population of 230 million people, more than Brazil’s. It is also one of the poorest and least developed countries. In April, local elections were held in villages across the state, which officials say have resulted in an increase in rural areas. According to the Teachers’ Organization, more than 700 government teachers Those who were assigned to vote died after the elections, after they tested positive for the Corona virus at the beginning of the month, the state was recording just over 2,500 cases. By the end of the month, as the elections ended, the number of cases had risen to nearly 35,000.