Amid drop in COVID-19 cases, 25 districts report high positivity rate

Even though daily COVID 19 cases are declining, as many as 25 districts have a high positivity rate compared to the state’s weekly average of 17.26% as of Feb. 1 compared to 22 districts as of Jan. 26. The Department of Public Health in its presentation to the state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray here on Wednesday pleaded for further scaling up of testing and vaccination in these districts in addition to implementation corona containment measures.

Naxal-infested Gadchiroli district tops the list with a positivity rate of 46.18%, followed by Nagpur 40.86%, Washim 36.88%, Aurangabad 34.14%, Nashik 34.05% , Pune 33.84%, Wardha 30.10%, Amravati 30.01%, Nandurbar 29.61%, Akola. 29.31%, Sangli 27.87%, Chandrapur 27.38%, Yavatmal 27.05%, Latur 23.26%, Satara 23.15%, Nanded 21.95%, Hingli 21.89%, Kolhapur 21, 74%, Gondia 21.49%, Solapur 20.15%, Bhandara 19.04% 19.04%, Parbhani% 19.04%, Osmanabad 18.54%, Jalgaon 17.92% and Sindhudurg 17.39%.

Today’s presentation came days after Public Health Minister Rajesh Tope said the peak of the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic was over in the state, adding that hospitalization was low compared to the first and second waves. He noted that almost 95% of the beds are vacant. He admitted that the number of COVID-19 patients was increasing in Nashik, Nagpur, Pune and Aurangabad but decreasing in Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and Palghar districts. Patients in rural areas recover within a week.

Further, the department said that out of the total 1,91,524 active patients as of February 1, 1,48,554 were from Pune, Nagpur, Nashik, Thane, Ahmednagar, Mumbai, Aurangabad, Satara, Solapur and Raigad while 28,648 patients came from the remaining districts.

Moreover, the department also expressed concern over the slow pace of vaccination as the daily administration of COVID 19 vaccine doses is now less than 5 lakh several days against the state’s 7-17 lakh doses. administered earlier.

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Posted: Wednesday February 2nd 2022, 7:08 PM IST

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