India finds its new Covid-19 epicenter in rural areas of South India
Most media outlets start their headlines by highlighting the covid-19 struggles, situation in major cities of India. But as the second wave of the coronavirus starts to penetrate deeper in the rural areas of the country, the situation is getting even tougher to handle.
Earlier, the larger percentage of cases came from the metro or cosmopolitan cities, where healthcare is reliable enough for its population but when the population of the outskirts of these cities, especially rural areas started getting admitted in the hospitals, things became unctrolaballe for the healthcare facilities.
The concern has been increasingly worrisome in southern India. Despite the number of cases declining in the last few days, the pandemic is spreading rapidly in the rural areas of the South, show the latest numbers. The testament of this would be the statistics that show that covid cases in rural areas of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have seen a sharp rise in the last two weeks.
Last two weeks saw nearly 1000 cases weekly in the 30 districts that come under rural areas. This is especially threatening as these areas desperately lack medical facilities and by the time patients pay attention to their health, it is already too late. Of the 30 districts in the southern region, Anantapur and Bellary contributed to over 5000 cases last week.
Another district in Tamil Nadu called Erode saw nearly 4,00 covid-19 positive cases last week. While the same is not the case with Maharashtra. Out of 26 rural districts in the state, only six saw cases going in the upwards direction which is in complete contrast to Andhra Pradesh where seven of the eight rural districts saw cases going up.
As for the covid situation in the country, though there is some relief when it comes to the rising number of cases but the data on death tolls is the real cause of concern. The death toll increases significantly in states like Maharashtra and Karnataka with 5514 and 2594 respectively. These two states witnessed the most number of deaths in the country over the course of last week.
Another cause of concern for the healthcare professions is the cases of black fungus in the country. The cases have increased to the extent that the government has announced fungal spread as an epidemic in the country.
India is still battling coronavirus and it is far from achieving anything normal but experts have repeatedly stressed that this wave will exit by the end of July and people should be prepared for the third wave.