While Assam is really the hotbed of Covid 19 cases in the Northeast with over 58,000 confirmed cases and 145 deaths the other states particularly Tripura and Manipur too have been grabbing news space in terms of this grim pandemic. Incidentally Mizoram is the least affected state with 608 confirmed cases and no mortalities. The large incidence of cases in Assam can largely be attributed to the fact that Guwahati is the geographical gateway to the north eastern states. Consequently all the inbound passengers from other Indian states and even other countries who were making a beeline to the region when the flights and trains were resumed after the national lockdown had to quarantine or atleast cross Guwahati. Moreover Guwahati is also a prime and leading business hub of the region with a cosmopolitan population that also includes migrant workers.
Here is a tally of the COVID-19 cases in North east India.
States Total Cases Recovered Deaths
Assam 58,837 42,325 146
Tripura 5,999 4,176 41
Manipur 3,753 2,044 11
Incidentally Mizoram is the least affected stateNagaland 2,781 904 08
Arunachal 2,117 1430 04
Meghalaya 1,061 450 06
Sikkim 866 485 01
Mizoram 608 296 00
A close observation of the above statistics reveals that states like Arunachal, Meghalaya and Sikkim that are situated in hilly terrain have been relatively insulated from the virus. This is because these states have the maximum percentage of indigenous people.
The numbers of COVID-19 cases are increasing everyday and it's hard to predict if India will see a second wave of COVID-19. In comparison to other states like Delhi, Maharashtra etc., North East is in a better position. However, there have been losses in terms of jobs, opportunities, corporate sector, travel and tourism, etc.