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A man from a Non-governmental organization (NGO) wearing an outfit resembling the Covid-19 coronavirus moves around a marketplace urging people to follow the safety protocols

A man dressed like the coronavirus tries to convince fellow Indians to wear masks in a crowded market in India's eastern city of Siliguri. He is part of an NGO called Unique Foundation -- a local group trying to raise awareness of how people can protect themselves and others from Covid-19.

India is battling a catastrophic, record-breaking coronavirus wave that has overwhelmed hospitals and set crematoriums working at full capacity in several parts of the country.

Images from crematorium as India battles a catastrophic, record-breaking coronavirus wave that has overwhelmed hospitals and set crematoriums working at full capacity.

The country of 1.3 billion has become the latest hotspot of a pandemic that has killed more than three million people, even as richer countries take steps towards normality with quickening innoculation programmes.