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Covid-19: A tale of five states

June 18, 2020 15:42 IST
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These five states make up about two-thirds of the total coronavirus cases in the country.

IMAGE: A health worker in an enclosed booth collects the swab sample of a policeman for Covid-19 test. Photograph: ANI Photo

At least five states -- Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh -- find themselves at the centre of the COVID-19 crisis for stretched health infrastructure as positive cases rise at a fast clip.

 

These five states make up about two-thirds of the total cases in the country.

Having crossed the 300,000 mark, India's now fourth in the global tally of cases.

Just two weeks ago, the number was 200,000.

The country's Covid death toll, at ninth in the world, is more than 12,000.

Against this backdrop, some states have clearly failed to cope, with hospitals refusing admission to patients and many charging exorbitant rates for beds and ICUs.

This prompted the Supreme Court to describe the healthcare situation in five states as "horrific" and "deplorable" within a week of the 75-day nationwide lockdown easing.

The SC has named West Bengal, instead of UP, among the five for mismanaging Covid. Here's a synopsis of the key numbers and the glaring gaps in the health infrastructure:

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