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Coronavirus in India: Statistical analysis of the impact and response

The first confirmed case of coronavirus in India was reported on 30th Jan, 2020. Ever since, the virus has been spreading and the government has been working extensively to contain the spread. While some experts believe that the country has controlled the virus to a great extent, there are many people who disagree with this notion.

India has undertaken a slew of measures in response to the spread of covid-19 in the last 5 months. On 27 Feb, 2020, the government airlifted more than 750 Indians from Wuhan, China. The passenger screening was started on the 6th of March at the airports. However, even then the country had 1000 confirmed cases by 28th March.

With the suspension of air travel, the authorities intended to stop the carriers of virus from entering into the country. A nationwide lockdown followed this announcement and the entire country was shut down from 25th March till 14th of April. During the said period, many Indians were evacuated from countries like Iran, Italy and the US.

By 5th of April, the country had confirmed 100 deaths from Covid-19. The total number of positive cases crossed 10,000 by April 14. As a result, the lockdown was again extended till May 3. More restrictions were imposed and identification of Covid-19 hotspots was ensured for the containment of coronavirus in India.

Having introduced a slew of measures to bend the curve, the authorities expected the numbers to remain stagnant or increase at a very minute pace. However, the country reported 500 Covid-19 deaths by 19th April, while the total number of confirmed cases reached 20,000 by April 22.

By the end of April, at least 1000 people had died from Covid-19 and nationwide lockdown was expectedly stretched to 17th May. Meanwhile India started beefing up its healthcare, producing 2 lakh PPE kits per day. The number of positive cases kept increasing and the lockdown was ultimately stretched further till 31st of May.

The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases surged over 1,00,000 by May 19. India became the 10th worst hit country by 25 May and the death toll crossed 5,000 by May 31. The May mayhem was followed by a series of unwanted stats in the month of June with the number of positive cases surging past 2,00,000 by 3rd June.

With over 10,000 positive cases being reported in a single day on 12th June, India became the 4th worst hit country. As on June 27, the country has already crossed the 5,00,000 mark with more than 15,500 deaths reported till date. However, there is a silver lining amidst the surge, as the number of recovered patients has surged close to 3,00,000 and the total active cases of coronavirus in India remain under 2,00,000.

Abhilasa Verma

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