Across the country 226 districts are adversely impacted by COVID-19 and it needs immediate attention, a new report reveals. It also indicates that the virus has moved to the smaller districts and the country will have over 100,000 fatalities by the end of September 2020.
Samhita Social Ventures, a leading social sector consulting firm, has released ‘Chasing the Virus’ – COVID-19 trend review report which showcases the recent trends at a district level to understand the larger impact of the pandemic.
“The district mapping has been done keeping in account for 95 percent of active cases growth and 66 percent of fatalities. Since the virus has moved to the smaller districts, governments, philanthropies and corporate CSR need to meet this challenge by focusing on them,” the report said.
The review period of the report has been between July1, 2020 till August 17, 2020 and it reveals that COVID-19 cases were prevalent in the bigger cities initially, the virus spread is significantly higher in smaller districts, towns and rural areas.
As per the report the worst affected states due to COVID-19 are Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Kerala, Bihar and Odisha. These states together represent 60 percent of India’s GDP. The report has defined big 11 districts as Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Chennai, Delhi (the whole state), Bengaluru Urban, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Gurgaon and Noida. These districts have been the focus of COVID-19 battle from corporate CSR and philanthropies, but are now seeing significant drop in active cases.
“We believe that the economic recovery of India and associated uptick in demand as well as corporate earnings are intricately linked to the COVID-19 situation in the country. However, the report suggests that while big cities are showing decline in active cases, the fight against the virus is far from over, and we now have to take the battle to the smaller districts, rural areas and towns,” ,”said Priya Naik, Founder and CEO, Samhita Social Ventures.
Further she added that although India’s healthcare system is concentrated in the large urban centers the philanthropies, corporate CSR and other donors across need to come together to strengthen the healthcare system in the smaller districts.
The review report was conducted as part of its ‘India Protector Alliance’ (IPA) initiative, which is in partnership with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and RBL Bank.