The second time around, COVID impacted life and livelihoods in the community severely. With the rise in mortalities, vulnerability levels also increased sharply. Several deaths were reported every day by our community cadres. The pandemic deepened pre-existing inequalities, exposing vulnerabilities in social, political and economic systems. During the first phase, the virus was largely considered an urban phenomenon, however by the second phase it had spread to rural India alike.
According to a State Bank of India research paper, in April 2021, rural districts accounted for over 45.5% of overall new cases compared to 37.9% in March.