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As of Sunday morning, the number of cases reported from these 35 largest urban centres added up to 28,761, which was 72% of the 39,980 cases reported in the country. Similarly, 981 of the 1,301 deaths, or about 75%, were in these urban sprawls. These UAs are spread across 16 states and the national capital territory of Delhi.
The 13 UAs with the largest number of cases, each with over 500, between them accounted for 26,483 cases, or about 66% of the national total. In the deaths, despite the fact that the data for Kolkata was not available, they accounted for 915, or 70% of India’s total.
An urban agglomeration is defined as a continuous urban habitation that surrounds a city or the continuous geographical stretch of two or more contiguous cities. Greater Mumbai or Delhi with its satellite towns are examples.
Mumbai, Delhi and Ahmedabad are the country’s worst-hit urban agglomerations. Greater Mumbai has reported 9,445 cases so far and is followed by Delhi UA (Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, Faridabad and Gurgaon), which reported 4,473 cases. Ahmedabad UA, which consists of the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar spread, accounted for 3,610 cases. The other three UAs that reported over a 1,000 positive cases were Indore, Chennai and Pune.
Seven UAs reported between 500 and 1,000 cases each. Japiur reported 961, followed by Kolkata with 851. Similarly, both Surat and Hyderabad reported over 600 cases. Vijaywada, Agra and Bhopal completed the list of UAs with over 500 cases.
There were eight other UAs with between 100 and 500 cases, while 12 of the remaining 13 reported less than a 100 cases. Jamshedpur is the only UA among these 35 which has reported zero cases so far.
A comparison of cases in these 35 largest UAs with the total for their states shows that for many states Covid-19 is largely concentrated in their largest urban spreads. In Delhi, West Bengal, Gujarat and Maharashtra, these UAs alone accounted for over 90% of the cases. Similarly, for Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh, they accounted for more than half the cases reported from the state. Karnataka, Punjab, Bihar and Jharkhand are the only states where these UAs accounted for less than 30% of the cases