Updated: May 20, 2021 8:14:42 pm
Amid the second Covid-19 wave slowing down and positive cases dropping below the 1,000 mark, civic and private hospitals in the industrial city of Pimpri-Chinchwad have several vacant beds. The civic administration said it will remain alert to meet any emerging situation, even though the second wave has begun ebbing, in case there is another surge in cases.
“We have vacant beds available in various dedicated Covid-19 hospitals and Covid Care Centres. This is because the second wave has slowed and positive cases have been falling over the past ten days,” Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil said on Tuesday.
According to the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC)’s health department, there are more than 4,200 vacant oxygen beds available in dedicated Covid hospitals, of which 300 are oxygen beds and 38 are ventilator beds. Ten days ago, only a few oxygen beds were available but no ventilator ones.
“That Covid-19 cases are coming down is a big relief. But residents should continue to observe Covid appropriate behaviour…They should continue to wear masks and observe social distancing, besides sanitising hands. If we strictly observe these norms, we will be able to face the third wave without much problem. The civic administration will remain alert to face the third wave and residents should extend their cooperation for the purpose,” said Patil.
Meanwhile, the health department said the doubling time of Covid-19 cases has risen to 119 days following a fall in cases in the past 10 days. On Tuesday and Wednesday, cases hit a low of 600 and 700, the biggest fall in the past two months.
PCMC additional health chief Dr Pavan Salve said, “Covid cases started rising after a lull of more than four months after February 10. They reached a peak in April when more than 70,000 cases were registered. In March, 35,000 cases were registered. But in May, we are witnessing a drastic drop in cases. Our positivity rate had reached 40 per cent, which has come down to 12 per cent.”
Positive cases started falling after restrictions were imposed and weekend lockdown implemented, civic officials said. In the last week of April, the doubling rate of patients stood at 70 days. On May 1, the doubling rate was 85 days. On May 14 it was 97 days, on May 15 108 days and on May 17, it stood at 119 days, health officials said.
Salve said, “In March and April, the positivity rate was between 40 and 45 per cent. On May 1, it stood at 19 per cent and on May 17, it came down to 11.96 per cent.”
Pimpri-Chinchwad continues to have a good recovery rate of Covid-19 patients. Officials said that the recovery rate has seen a jump this month. “In March and April, the recovery rate was 87 per cent. In May, it has jumped to 91 per cent,” said Salve.
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