CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster 81

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Density of population has a direct association with the number of COVID-19 positive cases. The chances of infection spreading are greater in densely populated areas. But, a place can have dense population, yet people can isolate, work remotely and practice social distancing. Density of population becomes a risk factor for spread of infection where people live in close confined spaces and therefore are in close contact with one another. Social distancing becomes more difficult or practically impossible in such places.

In India, in states with average population density of 1185/sq km, average number of cases were 2048.

These, when compared to states with population density of 909/sq km, the number of cases were 34.6.

If these two sates (Chandigarh and Pondicherry) with high population density were taken out, the Average Density of other states were 217 and the average number of cases were 35.

This shows that high density states have larger number of cases and low density states have significantly less number of cases. The exceptions are Chandigarh and Pondicherry which shows disciplined social distancing in high density states can make a difference.

“Cruise ships are examples of dense mixing of many persons in a confined space over a relatively long period. The density of the group of people on board the COVID-19-infected Diamond Princess, quarantined in Yokohama earlier this year, was estimated around four times higher than that in Wuhan, as was also the R0 before the onset of countermeasures” (J Travel Med. 2020 Mar 29).

The 40-day lockdown, has been extended for two weeks till 17th May. The districts have been categorized into Red (hotspot), Green and Orange Zones based on their risk profiling.

Green Zones will be districts with either zero confirmed cases till date, or no confirmed case in the last 21 days, while districts will be placed in Red Zones depending on the total number of active cases, doubling rate of confirmed cases, extent of testing and surveillance feedback from the districts.

All metros and major cities in the country have been placed in the Red Zone (hotspots).

Population density according to the 2011 census of India:

Delhi: 11,312/sq km

Kolkata: 24,252/sq km

Chennai: 26,903/sq km

Mumbai: 20,482/sq km

Hyderabad: 10,477/sq km

Indore: 25,170/sq km

Lucknow: 1,815/sq km

Surat: 14,000/sq km

Ahmedabad: 12,000/sq km

Jaipur: 6500/sq km

Chandigarh: 9252/sq km

Green Zone

Goa: 394/sq km

Arunachal Pradesh: 17/sq km

Manipur: 122/sq km

Thirty out of 33 districts in Assam are in the green zone; no red zone. The population density in Assam is 397/sq km. Puducherry has a population density of about 2547/sq km; three out of 4 districts are green zones; there is no red zone.

Number of cases linked to population density in India: Migrant decongestion is the answer

State

Cases

Deaths

Density/ sq Km

Arunachal Pradesh

1

0

17

Mizoram

1

0

52

Manipur

2

0

122

Tripura

2

0

350

Goa

7

0

394

Puducherry

8

0

2598

Meghalaya

12

1

132

Ladakh

22

0

2.8

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

33

0

46

Chhattisgarh

38

0

189

Himachal Pradesh

40

1

123

Assam

42

1

397

Uttarakhand

55

0

189

Chandigarh

56

0

9252

Jharkhand

107

3

414

Odisha

128

1

269

Haryana

310

3

573

Punjab

357

19

550

Bihar

403

2

1102

Kerala

496

4

859

Karnataka

557

21

319

Jammu and Kashmir

581

8

124

West Bengal

758

22

1029

Telangana

1012

26

312

Andhra Pradesh

1403

31

308

Tamil Nadu

2162

27

555

Uttar Pradesh

2203

39

828

Rajasthan

2438

51

201

Madhya Pradesh

2660

130

236

Delhi

3439

56

11297

Gujarat

4082

197

308

Maharashtra

9915

432

365

In print: IJCP May Issue

Dr KK Aggarwal

President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA

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