Corona cases are now rising in rural India. Rajasthan saw a steady spike in Covid cases, surpassing numbers in urban areas as migrants poured in from states where they were working in. About 30% of Covid cases in the state are now from rural districts. A significant spike has been recorded in migrant-intensive districts like Dungarpur, Jalore, Jodhpur, Nagaur and Pali.
In Andhra Pradesh, Covid-19 outbreak was predominantly limited to urban areas until about a month ago, accounting for nearly 90% cases. But rural areas of the state have now started witnessing a spike in cases. The state reported about 1,500 cases in the last three weeks, of which about 500 cases emerged from the rural areas of the state.
In Odisha, government officials say more than 80% positive cases in the state are now from rural areas, with 4.5 lakh migrants back till now. More than 80% of the 4.5 lakh migrants has returned to 11 districts, all of which have witnessed spurt in positive cases, with Ganjam, that had zero cases till May 2, now has the highest number of cases in the state, that is 499 and three deaths.
Kerala has seen a spike in cases in its border districts of Kasaragod and Palakkad. When Covid-19 first struck West Bengal in March, Kolkata recorded the first cases and deaths as well. But with the return of migrant workers, the number of corona patients rose in Malda, North and South Dinajpur, Hooghly and Coochbehar. Nearly 6 lakh migrant workers have returned till date through rail and road networks.
As many as 4,049 cases have been reported till June 2 in Bihar, of which 2,905 are migrants who have returned after May 3. Hence, 70% of cases in Bihar are of migrants who hail from rural areas of Bihar.
In Chhattisgarh, the number of positive cases in rural areas climbed to 464 in June, from just eight on May 1. Uttar Pradesh, where about 30 lakh migrants have returned till now, has seen the trend shift too and if active cases can be a parameter, Basti and Amethi are home to second and third highest covid-19 cases in the state.