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India’s score on Global Stringency Index rises to 74

While we may not have a nationwide lockdown, data shows that 26 states and union territories have some sort of restrictions.

On April 1,India’s score at 58 in the Global String Index. On April 30, the score touched 74. India-specific data has not been updated since then. After the update, the score is likely to increase depending on the restrictions in force in most parts of the country.

The Oxford Coronavirus Government Response Tracker has developed a mixed stringy index that uses metrics such as school and office closures; Cancellation of public events; Restrictions on open meetings and internal and external movements; Requirements at home; And others shutting down public transportation.

India’s score touched 100 in the last week of March last year and remained at that level during the nationwide lockdown.

Data show that while we may not have nationwide lockdown in place, as many as 26 states and union territories have some form of restrictions in place. In other words, nearly 98 per cent of India’s population is under some form of lockdown.

Among states, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Maharashtra have full lockdown in place. Even in other states such as Gujarat, Telangana, Assam, and Himachal Pradesh, there are restrictions in place. But they are not as stringent as full lockdown.

While states like Tamil Nadu and Kerala have been giving cash handouts and food packets to the ration cardholders, other states are yet to announce welfare schemes to cushion the blow of lockdown on the vulnerable sections of the population.

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