An Overview of CoVID -19 pandemic in Bihar

Bihar is among the top 10 states in terms of number of Coronavirus patients. A state which remained practially isolated during phases 1 and 2 of the lockdown and had less than 100 cases till April 30 saw a spike in COVID cases starting from the first week of May.

While this could be attributed to the return of migrant workers via Shramik special trains (the first such train arrived in first week of May), the state has since then gone through much worse crisis. On 31st May, the total number of cases reached close to 4000, with an average of 125 new cases per day. The last week of May saw over 200 cases per day.

Among districts, Patna tops the chart with 250 cases, closely followed by Begusarai (246), Rohtas (206), Madhubani (190) and Bhagalpur (175). The lowest number of cases is in Sheohar (9).

Bihar has conducted close to 77 thousand tests, which is almost equal to the number of tests conducted by Kerala so far. However, it has a lower COVID- related mortality rate (0.6%), much below the national average of 2.8%.