Pune, September 8
Driven by a surge in COVID-19 circumstances in the previous few days, Pune has change into the primary district within the nation to file greater than two lakh circumstances.
As per information of the Maharashtra authorities’s well being division, the entire variety of COVID-19 circumstances in Pune district reached 2,03,468 on Monday after 4,165 extra individuals examined optimistic for the illness.
Officials right here mentioned elevated testing was one of many predominant causes for the surge in circumstances within the district.
Pune crossed the one lakh-mark on August 5 and in a month’s time, the circumstances have doubled within the district in response to official figures.
Compared to Pune, Delhi reported 1,93,526 COVID-19 circumstances until Monday, whereas Mumbai recorded 1,57,410 circumstances.
The COVID-19 positivity price in Pune is round 22 per cent, Collector Rajesh Deshmukh advised PTI on Tuesday.
“Currently, Pune district is on top in terms of the number of COVID-19 cases in the country. The reason behind the surge in cases is the aggressive testing strategy adopted by the district administration,” he mentioned.
Not only in the near past, however Pune has been doing aggressive testing for the final two months and the variety of circumstances is certain to extend, he mentioned.
“In fact, no other district is conducting tests the way Pune is doing,” he claimed.
Effective contact-tracing, monitoring of co-morbid individuals and isolation of sufferers have been attainable because of the giant variety of exams, Deshmukh mentioned.
“Testing, tracking and tracing are the main factors behind the surge. Even the results of sero survey (conducted on nearly 1,500 people) found out that 50 per cent people had antibodies,” he mentioned.
Despite the variety of COVID-19 circumstances being excessive, the restoration price in Pune is encouraging as it’s now about 78 per cent, he mentioned.
According to the district administration information, over 1.57 lakh sufferers have thus far been discharged or have recovered from the illness.
Till Monday, 4,651 deaths because of COVID-19 had been reported in Pune as in opposition to 7,897 in Mumbai.
Deshmukh mentioned the fatality price in Pune is round 2.three per cent, which is healthier in comparison with Mumbai.
“Our aim is to further bring down the fatality rate by detecting co-morbid patients at an early stage,” he mentioned.
District well being officer Dr Bhagwan Pawar mentioned the variety of circumstances will additional rise within the coming days.
“From today, we are setting up camps in 65 villages where more than 15 cases have been reported. Rapid antigen tests will be conducted on a large population there and as a result, the number of cases will go up,” Pawar mentioned.
Deshmukh mentioned in addition to aggressive testing, the administration is stressing on consciousness, strict implementation of social distancing norms and use of masks.
“Considering the rise in cases, there is an emphasis on strengthening healthcare facilities in Pune city and in the district, and medical teams have also been set up to screen people aged above 60 having co-morbid conditions,” he added.
While the district administration has claimed that well being care services have been strengthened, there have been complaints about unavailability of beds in hospitals and different medical aids.
Two jumbo services in Pune metropolis and neighbouring Pimpri Chinchwad industrial space had been opened final month.
But, the functioning of the ability in Pune got here below scanner after allegations of lapses and mismanagement there.
Pune-based Congress chief and former MLC Mohan Joshi blamed the BJP-led Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) for the rise in variety of COVID-19 circumstances within the metropolis.
“The BJP is in power in the PMC with a strength of 100 corporators. Besides, Girish Bapat of the BJP is a Lok Sabha member from Pune and five MLAs in the city are from the saffron party. Union minister Prakash Javadekar is from Pune, and despite all this, the situation in the city has become critical,” Joshi mentioned.
However, BJP MLA Siddharth Shirole, who represents Shivajinagar constituency in Pune, mentioned the variety of COVID-19 circumstances is certain to go up as testing has been elevated.
“Our thrust should be on bringing the mortality rate down and for that efforts need to be made,” he mentioned.
Talking about Pune’s jumbo COVID-19 facility and the alleged mismanagement there, Shirole mentioned it was the state authorities’s determination to arrange such services in Pune.
“It is the state government’s responsibility to ensure proper functioning of the jumbo facilities in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad. Thrust should be on how to improve the situation at these facilities and how lives of people can be saved,” he mentioned. PTI