Although there is a downward trend in daily coronavirus cases in the state, 75% of active Covid cases recorded in Maharashtra are from the five districts – Pune, Mumbai, Ahmednagar, Thane and Satara, according to data. presented by state of health. department. State officials and doctors attributed the increase to the movement of post-Ganesh festival people from other districts, which resulted in more active cases.
In addition, the latest state data shows that for the first time in two months, Ahmednagar’s seven-day positivity rate fell to 3%, topping 5%, the highest in the state. Now Sindudurgh with a 4.7% seven-day positivity rate leads the state’s rankings.
According to the data, there are 8,573 active cases in Pune, followed by Mumbai 5,931, Thane 4,346, Ahmednagar 3,871 and Satara 1,966.
State surveillance officer Dr Pradip Awate said the total number of cases had declined statewide, but they were at the end of the second wave. In Thane, they reconciled the cases, hence the reduced numbers. In Mumbai, we are still seeing 400-500 new cases per day that have made Mumbai overtake Thane. However, when it comes to Pune, with fewer cases in Pune City, the problem is in the rural pockets, which has driven the total up.
“Overall there is a downward trend. Some districts have a high weekly positivity rate, but this also decreases from week to week. This is not for their positivity to increase, it is above the state average. In addition, the overall Covid-19 situation is under control, ”he said.
The administration says this is due to the higher number of tests carried out in Pune, which is around 5,92,674 tests per million, while Mumbai accounts for 8,917,847 tests per million.
A senior doctor from Pune said: “Pune is now testing more and therefore the numbers have increased and increased interaction between people during festival season could have led to more people becoming infected. However, the numbers are steadily declining and the infection rate has plateaued. “
A senior health official from the health department said: “We are doing a weekly review of the Covid-19 situation. We are not only looking at these five districts, but also other districts as the push can happen from any place. A weekly follow-up will give us time to act. With the opening of activities in all states, coupled with the festival season, there are fears of an increase in viral activity. However, whenever the third possible wave arrives, we are prepared for it. “
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Posted: Monday October 11, 2021 10:26 IST