Though third in the state as far as population is concerned, the Nagpur city is 15th among 27 municipal corporations to cross 2,000 Covid-19 cases. Mominpura has become the second locality in the city to breach a 400-cases mark.
Data provided by District Information Office show the number of corona positive cases in the district increased to 2,571, of which 2,022 are from NMC limits, 459 from Nagpur Rural, and 90 from other districts and states.
The situation in the city is better compared to other cities in the state due to Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) mass quarantine and testing model; and various innovative measures planned and implemented by a team led by municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe, Dr. Yogendra Savai, Dr. Praveen Gantawar, Dr. Minakshi Mane, Dr. Khwaja Moinuddin, and others.
However, the city that registered the first 1,000 cases in 102 days, saw the latest 1,000 in just 25 days after easing of lockdown.
The number of cases in 14 other municipal corporations is a lot more. Mumbai has 96,474 cases followed by Pune 32,096, Kalyan-Dombivali 16,071, Thane 15,821, Navi Mumbai 11,719, Vasai-Virar 8,473, Pimpri-Chinchwad 7,895, Aurangabad 6,688, Mira-Bhayandar 6,436, Ulhasnagar 5,055, Panvel 4,696, Nashik 4,851, Solapur 3,550 and Bhivandi-Nizampur 3,110.
In Nagpur, cases have crossed 2,000 mark due to four hotspots Naik Talao-Bangladesh with 413, Mominpura 402, Central Jail 319, and Satranjipura 138.
Though cases in Naik Talao-Bangladesh started after Satranjipura and Mominpura, it breached 400-mark on July 10. Four positive cases were registered from Mominpura on Wednesday taking its total to 402. Mominpura was a containment zone since April 4. Also, the civic body had curtailed many areas and made mini containment zones last month. Still, cases continue to come from this area every day.
Other localities in the city have less than 50 cases.
The city has recorded 22 deaths as on Wednesday for a mortality rate of 1.08%, which is better than other municipal corporations in the state.
However, civic chief Tukaram Mundhe has warned of reimposing full lockdown in the city if violations of Covid-19 guidelines continue. Mayor Sandip Joshi is not in favor of full lockdown and kicked-off awareness drives urging people to follow guidelines to prevent full lockdown.
The city is equipped with mass medical facilities as far as testing, quarantine centers, and isolation wards are concerned. The only problem is the lack of sufficient medical staff with NMC, as the number of containment zones in existence has increased to 156.
(With inputs from times of India)