COVID-19 pandemic in India
|COVID-19 pandemic in India|
Map of confirmed cases per million residents
|Disease||Coronavirus disease 2019|
|Virus strain||Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2|
|First outbreak||Wuhan, Hubei, China|
|Index case||Thrissur, Kerala|
|Date||30 January 2020 – ongoing|
(6 months and 1 week)
|Confirmed cases||1,964,536 (6 August 2020)[note 1]|
|Recovered||1,328,336 (6 August 2020)[note 2]|
|40,699 (6 August 2020)[note 3]|
|28 states and 7 union territories|
The first case of the COVID-19 pandemic in India was reported on 30 January 2020, originating from China. As of 6 August 2020, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare have confirmed a total of 78,003 cases, 26,235 recoveries (including 1 migration) and 2,549 deaths in the country.
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The outbreak has been called an epidemic in more than a dozen states and union territories.
Response[change | change source]
On 22 March 2020, India made a 14-hour voluntary public curfew at the instance of the prime minister Narendra Modi. The government followed it up with lockdowns in 75 districts where COVID-19 cases had occurred as well as all major cities. On 24 March, the prime minister ordered a nationwide lockdown for 21 days, affecting the entire 1.3 billion population of India. On 14 April, the prime minister extended the nationwide lockdown until 3 May.
Lockdown effects[change | change source]
Observers state that the lockdown has slowed the growth rate of the pandemic by 6 April to a rate of doubling every 6 days, and, by 18 April, to a rate of doubling every 8 days.
The Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT), in its report based on data from 73 countries, reports that the Indian Government has responded more strictly than other countries in the pandemic.
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References[change | change source]
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One reason for the relatively slow increase in the number of novel coronavirus patients in India, as of now, could be the fact that every infected person has been passing on the virus only to another 1.7 people on an average. This is remarkably lower than what has been observed in the worst-affected countries, a study by scientists at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences in Chennai shows.
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But in societies like India, a lockdown kill: via job loss, increased vulnerability to economic shocks, and via social stigma and misinformation. Then the objective of saving lives as a whole may or may not be achieved by a draconian lockdown.
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