Positivity rate rises, Pune accounts for 21 pc of state’s new cases in past 7 days


In the week of September 29 to October 5, Pune District reported 3,925 new cases of coronavirus infection, or 21% of the 19,170 cases across Maharashtra in the same period, according to a report from the Department of State Health released Wednesday.

The weekly Covid positivity rate in Maharashtra was 2.07%, lower than 2.2% the week before, the report revealed. The positivity rate in Pune district, however, rose to 3.59% from 3.5% a week ago. Pune, Sindhudurg, Nashik, Ahmednagar and Satara – all of which have higher weekly Covid positivity rates than the state – require special attention, said Dr Pradeep Vyas, additional chief secretary, Maharashtra (health).

The weekly Covid positivity rate in Sindhudurg was 4.71%, it was 3.29% in Nashik, 3.03% in Ahmednagar and 2.94% in Satara.

State surveillance officer Dr Pradeep Awate said the local epidemic curve was different in each district. He cited the example of Kolhapur, which saw a high workload before the number of Covids started to decline, Ahmednagar is also showing a similar trend. The weekly Covid positivity rate in Ahmednagar in the week of September 22-28 was 4.3%, and it fell to 3.03% the following week.

Other districts where the weekly Covid positivity rate was above the state average included Palghar, Ratnagiri, Osmanabad, Sangli and Thane. Statewide, there are 33,637 patients infected with Covid-19, of which 43.2% are hospitalized.

There are 5,454 patients with severe symptoms and 2,205 of them are in intensive care units. Close surveillance is being maintained on the number of cases as schools and places of worship reopened this week, state health department officials said.

So far, there is no new variant of the SARS-CoV2 virus, health officials said. From May to date, genomic sequencing has been performed on more than 10,000 samples in Maharashtra and around 80-90% of infections are due to the Delta variant and its sublines, Dr Awate said.

State Department of Health officials have stressed the need for a mask and appropriate behavior for Covid, in addition to speeding up vaccinations. To date, 8.5 crore doses of the vaccine have been administered statewide.

In Mumbai, 93% of eligible 92.36 lakh beneficiaries have received a dose of the Covid vaccine while 50% are fully vaccinated. Out of 83.42 lakh eligible beneficiaries in Pune district, 87.4% in total have received a vaccine while 43% are fully vaccinated.

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