India vs the virus: How Covid-19 affected wealth creation for India's richest

Published: Dec 3, 2020 12:48:39 PM IST
Updated: Mar 19, 2021 01:36:04 PM IST

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Growth in the world’s second most-populous nation was already weakening when it recorded its first Covid-19 case on Jan 30, then saw its number of cases shoot above 1,000 cases in March. India’s economy took a big hit after the lockdown on March 25, with first quarter GDP to June 30 shrinking by 24 percent year-on-year, the first contraction since publicly available records began in the mid-1980s. Consumer demand slumped. India still has the world’s second-highest number of cases, over seven million, after the US. One bright spot: India’s health care stocks have climbed about 50 percent so far this year.

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