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Pimpri-Chinchwad: Since pandemic began, biggest spike in Covid cases in March this year

As compared to March which registered over 34,000 cases, February recorded less than 4,000 infections.

Written by Manoj Dattatrye More | Pune |
Updated: April 3, 2021 10:48:21 pm
Covid vaccination at Mavle Hospital on Wednesday. Express photo by Ashish Kale. 31/03/2021 Pune.

From 14 Covid-19 cases reported in March 2020 to 34,434 cases in March 2021, Pimpri-Chinchwad is currently in the grip of a severe second wave of coronavirus, civic health officials said. The city has seen nearly 1,40,000 positive cases in these 13 months and March 2021 accounts for 25 per cent of the total positive cases registered so far.

In last 13 months, the pandemic had hit its peak period in July (20,246 cases), August (28,062) and September (26,454). Except for these three months, number of cases in Pimpri-Chinchwad has not seen drastic rise. “In fact, after around 26,000 cases in September, the cases started falling in October, with only 8,581 cases, followed by 4,779 cases in November,” said PCMC Additional Health chief Dr Pavan Salve.

In February, only 3,555 new Covid-19 cases were registered. “When compared to February, cases have gone up by nearly 10 times in March. It was also in March when 2,200 new cases were registered in a single day, which hasn’t happened since the beginning of the pandemic,” said Dr Salve.

As for Covid mortalities, 483 deaths registered in September remain the highest count so far, followed by 424 in August. “In March 2021, though record cases were registered, the death toll was 297…,” said a health official. So far, 2,018 local residents of Pimpri-Chinchwad have died of the infection while 839 people from outside PCMC limits have died here.

Dr Amol Holkunde, who heads the Auto Cluster Covid facility, said, “I know of some patients who died soon after being hospitalised. These are cases of delayed admissions… Some died while being shifted from one hospital to another.”

Meanwhile, Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil has barred the entry of local residents and contractors in PCMC headquarters and other civic offices in view of the rising Covid-19 cases in the city. “As per the orders of the state government, for any government work, local residents can send e-mails or make use of WhatsApp. Applications and complaints received from these mediums will be promptly acted upon. Citizens and contractors need not come to PCMC headquarters all the way,” stated a PCMC order.

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