Covid-19: 13 urban areas represent 2/3 of India's cases, deaths

Almost three-quarters of all Covid-19s and reported deaths in India have been in the 35 largest urban agglomerations (AUs) in the country, with two-thirds of cases and deaths in just 13 of them, according to a TOI analysis. of the data.

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As of Sunday morning, the number of cases reported in these 35 largest urban centers totaled 28,761, which was 72% of the 39,980 cases reported in the country. Similarly, 981 of the 1,301 deaths, or about 75%, occurred in these urban agglomerations. These AUs span 16 states and the territory of the national capital of Delhi.

The 13 AUs with the highest number of cases, each with more than 500, among them represented 26,483 cases, or about 66% of the national total. In deaths, even though the Calcutta data was not available, they represented 915, or 70% of India's total.

An urban agglomeration is defined as a continuous urban habitation that surrounds a city or the continuous geographic section of two or more contiguous cities. Greater Mumbai or Delhi with its satellite cities are examples.

Mumbai, Delhi and Ahmedabad are the most affected urban agglomerations in the country. Greater Mumbai has reported 9,445 cases so far and is followed by Delhi UA (Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, Faridabad and Gurgaon), which reported 4,473 cases. Ahmedabad UA, consisting of the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar extension, represented 3,610 cases. The other three AUs that reported more than 1,000 positive cases were Indore, Chennai, and Pune.

Seven AUs reported between 500 and 1,000 cases each. reported 961, followed by Kolkata with 851. Similarly, both Surat and Hyderabad reported more than 600 cases. Vijaywada, Agra and Bhopal completed the UA list with more than 500 cases.

There were another eight AUs with between 100 and 500 cases, while 12 of the remaining 13 reported less than 100 cases. Jamshedpur is the only UA among these 35 that has reported zero cases so far.

A comparison of cases in these 35 largest AUs with the total of their states shows that, for many states, Covid-19 is largely concentrated in its largest urban areas. In Delhi, Gujarat and Maharashtra, these AUs accounted for only over 90% of cases. Similarly, for Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh, they accounted for more than half of the cases reported by the state. , Bihar and are the only states where these UAs represented less than 30% of the cases