Proceedings of The 2nd World Conference on Social Sciences
A Study of the Impact of Demographic and Socio-Economic Factors on the Spread of Covid-19 in India
Jaya Tyagi, C.P. Gupta
The extent of spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic in India has been disproportionate across different regions. This paper attempts to investigate to what extent the spread of Covid-19 in Indian states and union territories is due to their respective demography, and social and economic conditions. This study is based on the premise that the demographic and socio-economic factors are responsible for the transmission of the coronavirus disease. Data of total Covid-19 cases from January 30, 2020 to October 24, 2020 for 35 states and union territories were analysed to determine whether population size, population density, literacy rate, population median age, headcount ratio in a region affect the proliferation of Covid-19. The study indicates that the factors considered are significant determinants of the increase in cases. The results of the paper will help the policymakers in strategizing policies to curb the spread of Covid-19 cases.
Keywords: Covid-19, Demographic Factors, India, Pandemic, Socio-economic.