Nagpur district is fast emerging as a major coronavirus hotspot in the state, crossing 10,000 in the total number of reported cases on Tuesday.
With the most number deaths at 38 on Tuesday, the district’s death toll has gone up to 372. Of these, 64 are from rural areas, 256 from within the city municipal limits, and 52 are from outside the district.
With 977 new cases reported on Tuesday, the total number of reported cases climbed to 10,361. Of these, 5,227 have been reported in the first 11 days of August alone.
And Of 372 deaths, 246 took place in the last 11 days. Of the 10,361 cases, 3,165 have been reported from rural areas and 121 from outside the district.
The recovery rate is fast dropping with the rising number of cases. Against 977 new cases detected on Tuesday, only 146 have recovered.
Overall, with 5,015 patients recovering to date, the recovery rate has dropped below 50 percent and, at present, stands at 48.4 percent.
Till July, the recovery rate was about 65 percent. This is much below the national and state averages of 69.8 percent and 68.33 percent, respectively.
The death rate in the district has also soared to 3.56 percent, much above the national average of 1.99 percent and marginally higher than the state average of about 3.43 percent.
The increase in the number of positive cases corresponds with increased testing too as along with the existing six major testing centers, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has now started 21 new centers, and hence, augmenting the number of tests, including rapid antigen tests.
On Tuesday, 2,200 samples were tested. As many as 977 cases were recorded to be as positive, with the positivity rate of 44.4 percent.
Explaining the sudden spurt, Municipal Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe told The Indian Express, “The most obvious factor is the unlocking and laxity in observing distancing and other norms.
The other reason is we have ramped up testing from about 500 to over 4,000 per day in the last 10 days.”
He, however, said the increasing death count was a matter of concern. “But we have done the analysis and have found three main reasons.
Around 40 percent of deaths reported in the last two months were of patients that came for treatment 48 hours before death or were brought dead. This means people are not disclosing illness. That’s the prime reason.”
“Second, many patients spend two to three days visiting private physicians before coming to us and, third, 60 percent of deaths are of patients aged above 50 and with co-morbidities,” he said.
Mundhe, however, expressed optimism that the situation will improve. “We are doing all that is necessary to bring it under control,” he added.
(With inputs from IndianExpress)