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COVID-19 impact on India | Multiple sectors affected in six months of lockdown

The lockdown restriction halted the most economic activities and led to job loss of millions of people and revenue streams. The government took precautionary measures to curb the virus spread by restricting the movement but the virus wreaked havoc in the country.

India is one of the most affected countries from coronavirus pandemic. The government imposed nationwide lockdown in the late-March to combat the spread of the novel disease. After six months of closure India has the second highest number of cases in the world with more than 5.73 million positive cases. The government lifted lockdown restrictions in a phased manner while the shutdown took a toll on country’s economy. (image: Reuters)

India is one of the most affected countries from coronavirus pandemic. The government imposed nationwide lockdown in late March to combat the spread of the novel disease. After six months of closure India has the second highest number of cases in the world with more than 5.73 million positive cases. The government lifted lockdown restrictions in a phased manner while the shutdown took a toll on the country's economy. (image: Reuters)

The lockdown restriction halted the most economic activities and led to job loss of millions of people and revenue streams. The government took the precautionary measures to curb the virus spread by restricting the movement but virus had wreaked havoc in the country. The virus killed many, including those who were fighting the battle against it to safeguard others’ life. Let’s take a look at the impact of COVID-19 during the six months since the lockdown. (Image: Reuters)

The lockdown restriction halted the most economic activities and led to job loss of millions of people and revenue streams. The government took precautionary measures to curb the virus spread by restricting the movement but the virus wreaked havoc in the country. The virus killed many, including those who were fighting the battle against it to safeguard others’ life. Let’s take a look at the impact of COVID-19 during the six months since the lockdown. (Image: Reuters)

Healthcare sector | Healthcare is the epicenter during this unprecedented global pandemic. Lack of medical investment and healthcare infrastructure are the biggest challenge for an effective response in India in a battle against the novel pandemic. Amid the rising cases lack of healthcare facilities like shortage of beds, lack of protection equipment. According to a survey conducted by LocalCircles, which included responses from over 17,000 individuals located in over 211 districts of the country, only 4 percent patients who needed an ICU bed were able to find one by going through the routine process while 78 percent are forced to use connections, clout to secure an ICU bed. (Image: Reuters)

Healthcare Sector | Healthcare is the epicenter during this unprecedented global pandemic. Lack of medical investment and healthcare infrastructure are the biggest challenge for an effective response in India in a battle against the novel pandemic. Amid the rising cases lack of healthcare facilities like shortage of beds, lack of protection equipment. According to a survey conducted by LocalCircles, which included responses from over 17,000 individuals located in over 211 districts of the country, only 4 percent patients who needed an ICU bed were able to find one by going through the routine process while 78 percent are forced to use connections, clout to secure an ICU bed. (Image: Reuters)

GDP contracted | In the first quarter of the fiscal year 2021 India’s Gross Domestic Product collapsed by 23.9 percent amid the coronavirus lockdown. The pandemic has led to an unprecedented shutdown of business, industries and services. From manufacturing to real estate, hospitality to mining, has been impacted as economy records sharpest drop in 41 years. (Image: Moneycontrol)

GDP Contracted | In the first quarter of the fiscal year 2021 India’s Gross Domestic Product collapsed by 23.9 percent amid the coronavirus lockdown. The pandemic has led to an unprecedented shutdown of business, industries and services. From manufacturing to real estate, hospitality to mining, has been impacted as the economy records its sharpest drop in 41 years. (Image: Moneycontrol)

Job loss | The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the job landscape in India. According the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) about 21 million salaries employees lost their jobs during April-August. There were 86 million salaried jobs in India during 2019-20. In August 2020, the count was down to 65 million after 3.3 million jobs were gone in the particular month, mostly among the industrial workers and white collar workers, as per the CMIE. (Image: Shutterstock)

Job Loss | The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the job landscape in India. According to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) about 21 million salaries employees lost their jobs during April-August. There were 86 million salaried jobs in India during 2019-20. In August 2020, the count was down to 65 million after 3.3 million jobs were gone in the particular month, mostly among the industrial workers and white collar workers, as per the CMIE. (Image: Shutterstock)

Income loss for vulnerable section | The lockdown has impacted the disadvantaged groups with a greater magnitude. According to an analysis by Scroll, during the first two months of the lockdown, India’s vulnerable section lost incomes amounting to as much as Rs 4 lakh crores, or nearly 2 percent of the country’s annual GDP. (Image: AP)

Income Loss for Vulnerable Section | The lockdown has impacted the disadvantaged groups with a greater magnitude. According to an analysis by Scroll, during the first two months of the lockdown, India’s vulnerable section lost incomes amounting to as much as Rs 4 lakh crores, or nearly 2 percent of the country’s annual GDP. (Image: AP)

Suicide rate | The ongoing pandemic has affected person’s mental health majorly. According to the data compiled by a group of researchers at Jindal Global School of Law, suicide was the leading cause of over 300 non-coronavirus deaths reported in India from March 19 till May 2 due to the distress triggered by the nationwide lockdown.

Suicide Rate | The ongoing pandemic has affected people's mental health majorly. According to the data compiled by a group of researchers at Jindal Global School of Law, suicide was the leading cause of over 300 non-coronavirus deaths reported in India from March 19 till May 2 due to the distress triggered by the nationwide lockdown.

Travel & tourism industry | Indian travel and tourism industry is one of the worst-impacted sector by coronavirus pandemic. According to the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and hospitality consulting firm Hotelivate. Tour operators, including both online and offline as well as inbound and outbound will lose $4.77 billion. The entire value chain linked to Travel & Tourism is likely to lose around 5 lakh crore or US$ 65.57 billion, with the organized sector alone likely to lose US$ 25 billion. (Image: Pixabay)

Travel & Tourism Industry | Indian travel and tourism industry is one of the worst-impacted sectors by the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and hospitality consulting firm Hotelivate. Tour operators, including both online and offline as well as inbound and outbound will lose $4.77 billion. The entire value chain linked to Travel & Tourism is likely to lose around 5 lakh crore or US $65.57 billion, with the organized sector alone likely to lose US $25 billion. (Image: Pixabay)

Hospitality industry | The CII-Hotelivate report says that the shutdown which was initially expected to affect revenue streams till October have now indicated otherwise and only 30 percent of occupancy in hotels till the start of 2021. Currently hotels seeing an 80 percent- 85 percent erosion in revenue streams. The hospitality industry, including branded and unbranded hotels, will incur a revenue loss of $19.31 billion, as per the CII-Hotelivate research. (Image: ihcltata.com)

Hospitality Industry | The CII-Hotelivate report says that the shutdown which was initially expected to affect revenue streams till October have now indicated otherwise and only 30 percent of occupancy in hotels till the start of 2021. Currently hotels are seeing an 80 percent- 85 percent erosion in revenue streams. The hospitality industry, including branded and unbranded hotels, will incur a revenue loss of $19.31 billion, as per the CII-Hotelivate research. (Image: ihcltata.com)

Metro Rail services | The country has been under lockdown since March 25 due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, imposing strict curbs on activities and travel across the country. Ever since then the metro rail were also shut nationwide till the government lifted the restrictions and allowed the metro trains to resume services from September 7. While the services were shut, metro incurred huge revenue loss. On September 17, Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri told Lok Sabha that the Delhi, Bengaluru, Lucknow, Chennai and Kochi Metro Rail Corporation reported a combined loss of almost Rs 2,000 crore while the services were suspended during the lockdown. (Image: PTI)

Metro Rail Services | The country has been under lockdown since March 25 due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, imposing strict curbs on activities and travel across the country. Ever since then the metro rail was also shut nationwide till the government lifted the restrictions and allowed the metro trains to resume services from September 7. While the services were shut, the metro incurred huge revenue loss. On September 17, Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri told Lok Sabha that the Delhi, Bengaluru, Lucknow, Chennai and Kochi Metro Rail Corporation reported a combined loss of almost Rs 2,000 crore while the services were suspended during the lockdown. (Image: PTI)

Indian railways | Amid the coronavirus crisis Railways had suspended all passenger services since March till May 3. During a web conference on July 28, Railway Board chairman VK Yadav said that the Indian Railways expects to incur revenue loss of up to Rs 35,000 from passenger train segment during the FY21 due to a fallout of train travel following the restriction to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Image: PTI)

Indian Railways | Amid the coronavirus crisis Railways had suspended all passenger services from March till May 3. During a web conference on July 28, Railway Board chairman VK Yadav said that the Indian Railways expects to incur revenue loss of up to Rs 35,000 from passenger train segment during the FY21 due to a fallout of train travel following the restriction to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Image: PTI)

Education sector | The pandemic has disrupted the education sector as people are forced to stay at home. The schools and colleges remained closed ever since the nationwide lockdown was imposed. Many children are struggling to keep up with the challenges of online classes. Students and teachers in cities, towns and villages scramble to cope with the demands of the times. On September students of class 9-12 were allowed to attend schools physically on a voluntary basis as per the government’s Unlock 4 guidelines. (Image: Twitter @ANI)

Education Sector | The pandemic has disrupted the education sector as people are forced to stay at home. The schools and colleges remain closed ever since the nationwide lockdown was imposed. Many children are struggling to keep up with the challenges of online classes. Students and teachers in cities, towns and villages scramble to cope with the demands of the times. From September 21, students of class 9-12 were allowed to attend schools physically on a voluntary basis as per the government’s Unlock 4 guidelines. (Image: Twitter @ANI)

Impact on street vendors | Livelihoods of street vendors which depends on being in public places has been hit hard by the unprecedented lockdown. With the absence of people during the lockdown, the city’s vendors lost their source of income. Many were unable to feed their families, which led to starvation and deprivation. Even after the lockdown restrictions were lifted, many street vendors reported a drastic decrease in income as compared to the times before the pandemic outbreak. (Wikimedia)

Impact on Street Vendors | Livelihoods of street vendors which depend on being in public places have been hit hard by the unprecedented lockdown. With the absence of people during the lockdown, the city’s vendors lost their source of income. Many were unable to feed their families, which led to starvation and deprivation. Even after the lockdown restrictions were lifted, many street vendors reported a drastic decrease in income as compared to the times before the pandemic outbreak. (Wikimedia)

First Published on Sep 25, 2020 08:27 am
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