After a harrowing April that saw Covid numbers surge to record highs, the month of May has brought with it a ray of hope.
According to the government, there is an early trend of decline in new Covid infections across the country.
National capital Delhi and India’s financial capital Mumbai are among the cities that have battled the Covid surge, both in the first phase and also in the second phase.
Fortunately, the numbers in both these cities are now on the path of decline.
While Mumbai recorded a steady rise in cases from January 2021 to April 2021, Delhi saw a significant dip in February, both in the number of cases and deaths. In fact, in the first three months of the year, Mumbai had significantly more number of cases compared to Delhi.
In February and March, the number of cases in Mumbai was almost 4 times the number of cases in Delhi.
But the scenario changed drastically in April.
Delhi saw a huge spike, both in the number of cases and in the number of deaths, forcing the Arvind Kejriwal government to enforce a lockdown.
Mumbai on the other hand continued with its trend of steady rise in the number of cases in the first two weeks of April. The Mumbai numbers started to decline from April 14, barring a marginal day-on-day rise on some days.
It was on April 14 that the Uddhav Thackeray government announced a Janta curfew in the city. These lockdown-like restrictions were made stricter after a week, possibly ensuring that the numbers continued the declining trend in India’s financial capital.
A look at the total numbers since January this year and one realises that the severity of the second Covid wave has been much more in Delhi compared to Mumbai.
While Delhi recorded 7,24,710 cases and 9440 deaths, Mumbai registered 3,90,000 new infections and 2790 deaths.
Little wonder, national capital’s health infrastructure crumbled under the pressure of these numbers. From hospital beds to supply of oxygen and key medicines, April was a month of horror for the people of Delhi.