Nagpur: Though the central and state government predicted the peak of Covid-19 between May 15 and 31, the district has registered the highest number of corona cases and deaths in June. However, the epidemic situation in the district continues to be better than other districts in the state.
The district had registered 541 Covid-19 positive cases in 82 days of March, April, and May. In 30 days of June, there have been 964 cases, which is 64.05% of total cases.
The district’s positivity rate is also low compared to others in the state. The number of samples tested in the district in the last 112 days is 24,500. Thus, the district’s positivity rate comes to 6.14% whereas it is 18.34% of the state.
Similarly, 11 Covid-19 deaths were registered in 82 days of March, April, and May whereas the number is 14 in June, which is 56% of total deaths.
District’s mortality rate is 1.66% whereas it is 4.48% for the state, 2.98% for the country, and 4.99% for the world.
Fortunately, recovery continues to be the best in the district. Until now, 385 corona positive patients had recovered in 82 days of March, April, and May, and the number is 843 for June, which is 68.64% of total recoveries. The recovery rate is 81.59%, with 16.74% active cases.
With a motive to prepare all types of facilities to face any spike in cases, the government had in April given a projection of cases in the district. It projected that Covid-19 positive cases maybe 18,902 from the district, 11,114 from the city, and the remaining 7,788 from rural parts of the district.
The city instead registered 1,245 cases and Nagpur Rural 207. Remaining 53 cases are from other districts of Vidarbha, and neighboring MP and Chhattisgarh.
Though the city is third in the state as far as population is concerned, the second capital stands at 15th place in all municipal corporations as far as positive cases are concerned. Already, the central government’s Rapid Response Team and experts in epidemiology have credited NMC for fewer cases and deaths in the city.
A team of NMC led by municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe, chief medical officer Dr. Yogendra Savai, additional chief medical officer Dr. Praveen Gantawar, zonal medical officers especially Dr. Minakshi Mane and Dr. Khwaja Moinuddin implemented mass quarantine and testing model followed by various innovative measures to contain the spread of Covid-19.
The cases were high in June reportedly due to the easing of lockdown. Also, a new hotspot — Naik Talao-Bangladesh has emerged. There have been 367 cases in this zone as on date. It is the second-highest figure after Mominpura, which recorded 387 cases. City’s first hotspot — Satranjipura has been reportedly free of infection after registering 138 cases. The total cases in these three zones are 892, which is 71.64% of total cases in the city.
An NMC official told TOI, “No new projection of cases has come from the center or state. But we are ready with our resilience strategy to contain the spread of the disease, and also end existing chains. Need is for total cooperation from people, by following all guidelines related to lockdown and Covid-19,” he said.
Consultant physician and intensivist Dr. Nikhil Balankhe told TOI, “Rise in cases in June was not surprising. It was expected with unlocking. Also, the number of tests has increased. Fortunately, the mortality rate is low.
Due to social and financial issues, contact between people will increase, so there is always a chance of a further rise in a month or two. It can be prevented if people follow distancing and take precautions, especially wearing a mask properly, and take the responsibility to follow guidelines.”
(with inputs from timesofindia)