Why is Guwahati the epicentre of COVID 19 in the North East?

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

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 state
Nagaland        2,781               904                     08
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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.



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