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COVID-19 Pandemic Pushed 75 Million More People Into Poverty In India: Study

Has COVID-19 pandemic pushed millions of Indians into poverty? According to the new study by Pew Research Centre, around 75 million more people in India fell into poverty last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 Pandemic Pushed 75 Million More People Into Poverty In India: Study

New Delhi: According to the recent analysis by Pew Research Centre, around 75 million more people in India fell into poverty last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, as the lockdown was triggered by the pandemic, it resulted in shut businesses, lost jobs and falling incomes, putting the Indian economy into a deep recession. The study also said that India’s middle class may have shrunk by a third, while the number of poor people — earning less than 150 per day doubled. Before the pandemic, it was anticipated that more than 99 million people would belong to the global middle class in 2020 but post-pandemic, this number is anticipated to 66 million, cut by a third as India plunged into its deepest recession in more than 40 years.

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The report that released on Thursday (March 18), used World Bank projections of economic growth to estimate the impact of COVID-19 on Indian incomes. To know more about the report outcomes, NDTV’s Vishnu Som speaks with Nobel laureate Dr Abhijeet Banerjee.

Commenting on the numbers and suspecting that there is much more bad news at the low end, Dr Abhijeet Banerjee said,

These numbers are on the basis of the fact that everyone’s income – rich, poor, very poor and so on grew at the same point. To me, this is not possible. Since everyone’s income didn’t grow at the same rate, the income of the rich seemed to have ballooned in the pandemic, whereas the income of the poor in our country may have fallen down even more. So, to me, it seems that there is worse news than this report is disclosing.

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Talking about the growth perspective Dr Abhijeet Banerjee said that growth in India will depend on what policies are followed. He added,

Recovery will be slow as we still don’t have the demand stimulus. The government has moved in this direction of recovery by focusing on demand, but I think there is still a shortage. Investment recovery has been slow.

Hoping that India can recover from this, Dr Abhijeet Banerjee added,

I think India is capable of growing fast, but we shouldn’t take growth rate as god’s gift. We were growing because things were working in our favour, if we take those things away, we won’t grow.

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India’s Coronavirus Numbers

The country has experienced one of the largest COVID-19 outbreaks globally, it is currently the third worst-hit country after the United States of America and Brazil. The country recorded 47,262 fresh coronavirus cases in a day, the highest single-day rise so far this year, taking the nationwide COVID-19 tally to 1,17,34,058, the Union health ministry said on March 24.

The active caseload registered an increased for the 14th day in a row and was recorded at 3,68,457, comprising 3.14 per cent of the total infections, while the recovery rate further dropped to 95.49 per cent, as per the health ministry. The daily rise in infections was the highest recorded in 132 days, while the country’s COVID-19 deaths increased to 1,60,441, with 275 new fatalities, the highest in around 83 days.

Health Ministry also said that a new “double mutant variant” of the coronavirus has been detected in 18 states in the country in addition to many other strains or variants of concern (VOCs) which have also found abroad. Out of 10,787, the British variant has been reported in 736 samples in India. The South African strain of coronavirus has been detected in 34 people in the country and the Brazil variant has been seen in one sample, the government said.

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World

26,06,51,261Cases
22,14,73,133Active
3,39,88,797Recovered
51,89,331Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,06,51,261 and 51,89,331 have died; 22,14,73,133 are active cases and 3,39,88,797 have recovered as on November 27, 2021 at 4:06 am.

India

3,45,63,749 8,318Cases
1,07,0193,114Active
3,39,88,797 10,967Recovered
4,67,933 465Deaths
In India, there are 3,45,63,749 confirmed cases including 4,67,933 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,07,019 and 3,39,88,797 have recovered as on November 27, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,33,105

12,153 699

64,80,061 665

1,40,891 34

Kerala

51,24,618 4,677

50,109 2,343

50,35,384 6,632

39,125 388

Karnataka

29,94,963 402

6,640 119

29,50,130 277

38,193 6

Tamil Nadu

27,23,991 746

8,418 24

26,79,130 759

36,443 11

Andhra Pradesh

20,72,198 184

2,163 31

20,55,603 214

14,432 1

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,368 8

91 0

16,87,368 8

22,909

West Bengal

16,13,451 710

7,847 20

15,86,165 721

19,439 9

Delhi

14,40,807 23

301 8

14,15,411 31

25,095

Odisha

10,48,228 219

2,216 5

10,37,609 222

8,403 2

Chhattisgarh

10,06,706 33

319 7

9,92,794 26

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,715 21

174 19

9,45,586 2

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,354 27

308 7

8,16,954 34

10,092

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,097 9

103 1

7,82,466 8

10,528

Haryana

7,71,643 21

158 2

7,61,431 19

10,054

Bihar

7,26,209 5

45 1

7,16,501 6

9,663

Telangana

6,75,319 171

3,534 3

6,67,798 167

3,987 1

Assam

6,16,312 175

2,791 44

6,07,435 219

6,086

Punjab

6,03,173 41

335 21

5,86,245 18

16,593 2

Jharkhand

3,49,196 12

109 0

3,43,947 12

5,140

Uttarakhand

3,44,169 13

144 13

3,36,618 26

7,407

Jammu And Kashmir

3,36,237 174

1,719 13

3,30,048 157

4,470 4

Himachal Pradesh

2,26,859 102

827 8

2,22,190 107

3,842 3

Goa

1,78,799 34

266 11

1,75,152 22

3,381 1

Mizoram

1,33,921 359

4,227 111

1,29,206 469

488 1

Puducherry

1,28,825 31

321 3

1,26,632 28

1,872

Manipur

1,25,098 28

674 13

1,22,456 39

1,968 2

Tripura

84,771 10

80 4

83,871 6

820

Meghalaya

84,394 16

335 4

82,591 20

1,468

Chandigarh

65,438 8

48 7

64,570 1

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,260 2

33 1

54,947 3

280

Sikkim

32,207 9

119 6

31,685 15

403

Nagaland

32,096 4

136 5

31,264 9

696

Ladakh

21,467 32

243 8

21,011 24

213

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

1 0

10,678

4

Lakshadweep

10,394 11

29 11

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,678 1

3 0

7,546 1

129

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