As the Covid-19 spread in Pune city remain consistent at a daily positivity rate of around 10 percent, the doubling time of the viral infection in Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) limits has been noted at 414 days, with the highest rate reported in Warje-Karvenagar ward office area (536.85 days) and the lowest in Bibwewadi ward office area (259.60 days).
The PMC has been monitoring the spread of Covid-19 across the city to assess containment strategies. In its recent review, the civic administration reported the overall doubling rate of Covid-19 in the city at 414.08 days.
A detailed analysis of the situation in the city, divided into 15 ward office areas, indicates that the doubling rate of infection in six ward offices is less than the overall city rate. “The lowest doubling rate of 259.60 days is in Bibwewadi ward office area, where a total of 11,263 residents tested positive for Covid-19 since the outbreak. It is followed by Shivajinagar ward office, Aundh Baner Balewadi ward office, Nagar Road ward office, Kondhwa-Yewalewadi ward office and Kothrud ward office area,” said a civic official.
The maximum doubling rate of 536.85 days has been reported in Warje-Karvenagar ward office area, which has the fifth highest count of 13,477 patients as of last week. “The doubling rates of the ward office areas that were the worst affected during the initial period of pandemic have been increasing. The Yerawada-Kalas-Dhanori ward office area, Dhankawadi-Sahakarnagar ward office, Wanowrie-Ramtekdi ward office, Kasba-Vishrambaug, Dhole Patil ward office, Sinhagad Road ward office and Bhawani Peth ward office have a doubling rate more than that of the overall city,” the official said.
The Hadapsar-Mundhwa ward office reported the highest infection of 17,936 patients till last week, but its doubling rate is 470.03 days. Similarly, a total of 16,828 patients have been reported from Dhankawadi-Sahakarnagar till date and its present doubling rate is 520.20 days. The least 6,870 infected patients were reported from Wanawadi-Ramtekdi ward office and its doubling rate is 482.18 days.
According to the PMC, the civic administration has increased strict monitoring of areas where the doubling rate of Covid-19 patients is less than the overall city rate. “Action is being taken against those violating the guidelines of the PMC, of not wearing masks or spitting when in public places. Shops and offices where social distancing is not being maintained or frequent sanitisation is not being done are being fined,” said a civic official.
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