COVID-19: Which are three worst-hit geographical sub-regions?

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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is on the brink of surging past the grim milestone of 200 million cases. As many as 199,025,423 have fallen prey to the fast-spreading pandemic.

In its one-and-a-half-year reign, the pandemic has claimed 4,240,425 lives, while the remaining 179,634,871 people have recovered. This means that of every 300 people that have fallen sick due to the novel virus, seven have lost their lives, while remaining 293 managed to recover. However, this number is what we have been told officially. With lot of unreported cases and deaths, especially during the second wave in India, these numbers are now heavily contested by experts across the globe. The actual death rate might remain same or marginally high, but the absolute number of cases and deaths, according to experts, are far higher.

While it comes to country-wise share of COVID-19 cases, the US, India and Brazil occupy the top three slots in being worst-hit, respectively. With 87.4 million cases till now, these three countries make up 44% of the total COVID-19 cases across the globe. That said, following is the list of top five sub-regions worst hit by the pandemic:

  1. Maharashtra, India: This is a state whose capital happens to be India’s most important financial hub – Mumbai. In the first two waves in the country, the state received the most severe pandemic blow – even though it managed the crisis in far more efficient way than other Indian states. The state, till now, has reported 6.3 million COVID-19 cases and 132,948 deaths – more than any other sub-region.
  2. Sao Paulo, Brazil: This state is the industrial hub of Brazil – accounting for one-third of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). With 4.09 million COVID-19 cases and 139,000 deaths – the Brazilian industrial hub comes second to Indian Industrial hub.
  3. California, US: The state of California has been known for – both good as well as bad reasons. The state is home to Silicon Valley and famed Hollywood, while on the other hand, it is also known for its bushfires. Recently, the state was devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. With almost four million COVID-19 cases and 64,423 deaths – the US sub-region on the west coast occupies the third slot.
  4. Kerala, India: Despite a low mortality rate, this state on the southern tip of India has seen heavy load of COVID-19 cases. With 3.4 million cases and just 17,000 deaths, the state occupies the fourth slot in this list when it comes to case load.
  5. Texas, US: This southern US state, which shares a long semi-porous border with Mexico, is the fifth worst hit sub-region in the world – with 3.1 million cases and 53,504 deaths.



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