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Is Covid-19 changing course from big cities to smaller towns and villages?

Two indicators--daily growth in stock of positive cases and a derived case positivity rate--show cases are rising fast in the rural, while the virus is becoming more ubiquitous in metros

A health worker collects a swab sample from a woman for Covid-19 test, in Kolkata on Monday. Photo: ANI
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File photo of a health worker collecting a swab sample from a woman for Covid-19 testing. Photo: ANI

Abhishek Waghmare Pune
Today is the 175th day since the first Covid-19 case was confirmed in India in a lab in Kerala. The patient was a student in Wuhan, the place where the virus originated. While the initial few cases in India were directly connected to foreign travel, it currently stands third among the most affected countries.

As it happened elsewhere, SARS-CoV2 made its impact felt in the biggest metropolitan regions in India: Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Chennai, and Delhi. The way it spread was not very different from UK (London) and US (New York, Chicago). 

But the pattern of Covid-19 spread now seems to

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First Published: Jul 22 2020 | 9:49 PM IST

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