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Pune tops list of 10 districts in Maharashtra with highest number of active Covid-19 cases

A state health department analysis shows that till May 18, Pune had 72,089 patients with Covid-19 followed by Mumbai with 39,790 patients. Thane had an active caseload of 28,257 patients.

Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Pune |
Updated: May 20, 2021 8:53:05 pm
PMC municipal workers sanitize the roadside area at Rastapeth. (Express Photo: Pavan Khengre)

While cases of coronavirus infection have dropped in Pune city and Pimpri-Chinchwad, the high number of cases in rural parts of the district has made Pune top the list of 10 districts in the state that have the highest number of active Covid-19 cases.

A state Health department analysis shows that till May 18, Pune had 72,089 patients with Covid-19, followed by Mumbai at 39,790 patients. Thane has an active caseload of 28,257 patients while the other districts in the list are Nagpur, Solapur, Ahmednagar, Nashik, Satara, Kolhapur and Sangli.

Overall, the 10 districts have 4.19 lakh active cases. Strict restrictions have helped bring down the rate of infection but the weekly positivity rate should dip below 10 per cent, said an official of the state Health department. Only a few districts in the state — Aurangabad, Solapur, Jalgaon, Nandurbar and Bhandara — have achieved this, according to the analysis.

Till May 18, the weekly positivity rate in Satara was 32.78 per cent, it was 27.6 per cent in Parbhani while the Covid positivity rate at Pune and Thane was 20.23 per cent and 19.47 per cent, respectively.

The districts of Osmanabad, Hingoli, Beed, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Sangli, Amravati and others have a weekly positivity rate ranging between 20 and 25 per cent. Mumbai, meanwhile, has a positivity rate close to the target, at 10.5 per cent.

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The state analysis has also raised concerns over the high case fatality rates (CFR) in at least five districts of Nanded, Nandurbar, Bhandara, Hingoli and Chandrapur. In Nanded, the CFR has shot up from 3.8 per cent (for the week of April 21-27) to 9.2 per cent (week of May 12-18).The state has also seen a near doubling of the weekly CFR, from 1.1 per cent in the April 21-27 week to 2.2 per cent in the May 12-18 week.

Health officials said since cases have reduced in some of the districts, the denominator against which CFR is calculated has also gone down, and this is reflected in the high death rates.

Meanwhile, till May 18, 1.48 lakh Covid-19 patients have been admitted across various hospitals in the state. At least 68,552 were critical patients and 23,620 were admitted to the intensive care units, of whom 8,097 were on ventilator support.

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