States under some lockdown, score on GSI jumps to 74

States under some lockdown, score on GSI jumps to 74
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NEW DELHI, MAY 9 (AGENCIES): | Publish Date: 5/9/2021 1:38:22 PM IST

 On April 1, India’s score on the Global Stringency Index stood at 58. The score touched 74 on April 30. India-specific data has not been updated since then. Once updated, the score is likely to go up given the kind of restrictions in place in most parts of the country. The Oxford Coronavirus Government Response Tracker has prepared a composite stringency index that uses metrics like school and workplace closures; cancellation of public events; restrictions on public gatherings and internal and external movements; stay-at-home requirements; and closure of public transport among others. India’s score touched 100 in the last week of March last year and stayed at that level during the nationwide lockdown. Data show that while we may not have nationwide lockdown in place, as many as 26 states and union territories have some form of restrictions in place. 

In other words, nearly 98% of India’s population is under some form of lockdown. Among states, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Maharashtra have full lockdown in place. Even in other states such as Gujarat, Telangana, Assam, and Himachal Pradesh, there are restrictions in place. But they are not as stringent as full lockdown. While states like Tamil Nadu and Kerala have been giving cash handouts and food packets to the ration cardholders, other states are yet to announce welfare schemes to cushion the blow of lockdown on the vulnerable sections of the population.

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