COVID-19 has devastated and disrupted Indian cities. In the process of managing the crisis, municipal corporations of major metros such as Mumbai and Bengaluru have been putting out critical information on the overall situation and steps being taken to fight the virus via their war rooms. Details on case load, mortality rates, containment zones, vaccination efforts, etc. are often released on a daily basis as PDFs or images. However, such information has generally not been publicly released as a machine-readable database. Through this project, we aim to build city-level COVID-19 databases alongside accompanying dashboards and blog posts analysing the indicators provided. We believe that doing so will serve as a useful data resource for researchers and policymakers looking to conduct longer term investigations on questions on mortality, bed capacity, vaccinations, etc. We have started by converting the information provided by the city of Mumbai.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) started releasing an extremely detailed daily PDF filled with information on a variety of indicators such as mortality, containment zones, bed capacity, vaccinations, etc. from June 2020. A long-standing issue with using the data however has been that the authorities follow a process of replacing the PDF each day with fresh information and removing the prior day's document. This practise has limited any kind of temporal analysis till now.
We've been able to gather all such PDFs from June 2020 till present. We are in the process of converting all relevant indicators to machine-readable output and the data extracted so far is available here. The Publications section contains links to thematic blogs analysing the data along with links to the respective datasets.