As India crosses the 2 million mark with the widespread Covid-19 infections, the pandemic continues to be a cause of national concern. While few states from the north-eastern belt have managed to keep the Covid-19 cases low, some states have observed a steadfast high surge of infections.
Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar are currently contributing to 38% of India’s current Covid-19 cases.
Before July 16th, these states comprised only 19% of the country’s Covid-19 cases, which brings attention to the changing pattern of the Sars-CoV-2 infection spread across geographies.
While the first million COVID-19 cases came from the ‘Big 3’, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Delhi, the second wave, i.e., the period after July 16th, has brought about a million cases from the southern region primarily Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka along with UP and Bengal.
In the second wave, Delhi observed the cases drop from a whopping 11.8% to 2.2%.
With one-fifth of the country’s cases reported, Maharashtra continues to be the topmost affected region. Nearly 16% of the cases reported, Andhra Pradesh has also emerged as one of the top affected Covid-19 states.
On the other hand, Tamil Nadu is the third-highest contributor to the second wave of Covid-19 infections, with 122,775 cases reported.
The shift in the pattern has called for states tightening measures, increased sample testing, and emphasis on social-distancing and self-quarantining.