Updated: April 17, 2021 11:58:51 pm
The Covid-19 death toll in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region reached 236 on Saturday, spiking by 46 deaths from its previous high of 190 fatalities recorded on April 15.
Nagpur district continued to register a high number of deaths, recording 79 on Saturday, four more than the previous high of 75 on Friday. Yavatmal followed with 26 deaths, while Bhandara and Chandrapur had 23 deaths each on the day. Gondia has emerged as the new hotspot with 22 deaths, seven less than its tally of 29 deaths on Friday. Gadchiroli (15), Wardha (13), Amravati (11), Akola (10), Washim (8) and Buldana (6) also continued to witness no let-up in Covid fatalities.
Vidarbha also saw another record in terms of new positive cases. As many as 16,041 tested positive on the day from over 77,000 tests, with a sample positivity rate of 20.78 per cent. Nagpur had 6,956 new cases from 29,053 tests.
As against the new cases, only 9,828 recovered on the day, leaving 1,27,001 active cases in 11 districts of the region. Of them, 66,208 are in Nagpur district alone.
Vidarbha’s overall fatality rate now stands at 1.68 percent, with Nagpur continuing to have a higher value at 2 percent. Of the 3,09,043 people that have tested positive since the beginning of the pandemic, Nagpur has witnessed 6,188 deaths till date.
However, the silver lining as far as death rate is concerned is that the death rate since the beginning of the month has dropped from 1.84 per cent on April 1 to 1.68 per cent on April 17 in the region.
April has seen the maximum damage with 17 days of the month so far recording 2,269 fatalities.
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