New Delhi: India’s high-frequency indicators have started to show a softening trend in economic activity, Crisil Research said on Monday. “In India, the impact of state-announced restrictions are more clearly showing up across high-frequency indicators – they all trended down for the second consecutive week,” Crisil said according to an IANS report. Last week India recorded more than 26 lakh new cases and nearly 23,800 deaths, with several states opting for lockdown or curfew in place to break the coronavirus chain that has already pushed the country’s health system to its limit.
According to the IANS report, the retail mobility fell 8.2 percentage points (pp) on average in the week ending May 2, while workplace mobility slowed 7.1 pp.
Besides, toll collection through electronic mode declined 2 per cent on-week. Similarly, Goods and Services Tax e-way bill collection (volume) declined 6.9 per cent on-week for the week ending April 25.
Lately, India’s crushing second Covid-19 wave has been making new peaks with every passing day, as daily cases near the 4 lakh plus level.
“If it was any consolation amid the steep rise in daily cases and deaths, growth in recoveries, which lagged cases till last week, grew faster by 57 per cent in the week April 26-May 2. That compared with 16 per cent growth in cases.”
“Growth in daily cases in major affected states, such as Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh too slowed down, compared with the week ending April 25. But recovery rate has declined to 82 per cent as of May 2, due to the high base of confirmed cases,” Crisil said.
Covid-19 Reaches Rural India
Furthermore, it said that Covid-19’s second wave is closing in on rural India.
“The share of predominantly rural districts in new cases in April was 30 per cent up from 21 per cent in March. This is still lower than the peak reached in the first wave (at 40 per cent in August 2020).”
“Further, daily vaccinations are slowing as vaccine supplies are choked. They dropped from 1,992 per million in the week prior to 1,585 per million on average, in the week ending May 02. This is the third straight week that daily vaccinations have declined.”
Cumulatively, India has administered 15.4 crore doses.
Even as India has announced its third phase of vaccination starting May 1, opening it up for those from 18 years upwards, several states have expressed inability to begin the drive owing to shortage of supplies.
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