Government data accessed by The Indian Express shows that in February 2020, before the lockdown was imposed, Chhattisgarh recorded 37,984 institutional deliveries, which rose to 38,449 in March. Following the lockdown, the number of institutional deliveries fell to 32,529 in April.
Pradip Jena, Special Relief Commissioner, told The Indian Express: "Lots of trees have been uprooted. That assessment is continuing and will take time. There has been some damage to electrical infrastructure."
What has exacerbated the situation is that of the 23 districts in Odisha, coastal districts that may face effects of Amphan have reported 633 out of 978 Covid-19 cases in the state so far -- as per the state government dashboard.
In what seemed to be preparation for greater flexibility to states, the Health Ministry brought out two containment plan documents: one for large outbreaks, and one for others. A large outbreak is defined as an area with 15 or more cases.
In the fifth meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, chief ministers of at least four states — Maharashtra, Punjab, Telangana and West Bengal — were of the view that the lockdown which came into effect on March 25, should be extended.
The Additional Chief Secretary said that while Indore’s first case was identified on March 24, the numbers since then — close to 900 now — show that it is probable that there were cases that went undetected earlier.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Most state CMs also pointed to the shortage of financial resources in their fight against the pandemic. Some including Punjab’s Amarinder Singh and Kerala’s Pinarayi Vijayan wanted the Centre to relax the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act