India’s Local Lockdowns Trigger a Sharp Slowdown in Mobility
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Mobility declines as India imposes increasing restrictions to curb the escalating COVID crisis.
India’s reported deaths look oddly low given countries with similar case numbers (per 100k are reporting double on average.
The pace of vaccine rollout also dropped in recent weeks.
Even without a second nationwide lockdown, India’s economic recovery faces mounting downside risks.
Six consecutive days of above 300,000 new COVID cases are taking their toll. On Sunday, Delhi extended its six-day lockdown for another week, and Karnataka, India’s fourth-largest state based on GDP, announced a two-week lockdown on Monday. Many other states have also imposed increasingly stringent restrictions. The Oxford Stringency index is back up at 70 as of 12 April versus 100 during the peak a year ago. Updated data are bound to show this rising even further.
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