The Indian Ministry of Health issued a report saying almost one-third of coronavirus cases were registered in the Maharashtra state of the country. They also said that most deaths – roughly 43% came specifically from the Maharashtra state.
Maharashtra is India’s third-biggest state with a population of more than 12 crores. Mumbai, its biggest city, alone, saw 14% of the cases as well as 20% of deaths – as of June 9, 2020.
Other cities that were heavily affected by COVID-19 in India include Delhi, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu.
India went into one of the biggest lockdowns in the world on March 24 in an effort to contain the virus. However, the country finally began to ease restrictions from June 8 onwards – despite the surge in coronavirus diagnoses.
In this regard, the authorities said that they cannot afford to extend lockdown without risking economic catastrophe – especially for the poorer citizens. And thus the country is openly accepting some illness in an attempt to limit the damage to livelihoods and to individual lives.
Health experts are also against opening up the country and predict that it may give way to a second surge of ‘new infections.’
Nevertheless, countries are opening up and regaining some normalcy. In the Infographic below, take a look at the number of confirmed diagnoses and deaths in India, categorized by major states and cities.
Infographic by: Statista