COVID-19: Pune’s recovery rate improves to that of Mumbai

Sakal Times News Desk
Friday, 28 August 2020

To ensure enough beds for the COVID-19 patients, the civic body has recently arranged 800 bed-jumbo facilities on the College of Engineering Pune (CoEP) ground in Shivajinagar with addition to a 314-bed facility in a civic building in Baner.

Even though India battles with over 1000 new cases of COVID-19 per day, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on the other hand, delivers the good news in its fight against the pandemic as the recovery rate crossed 80 per cent among the COVID patients in the city.

Pune has a higher rate of active cases than Mumbai, however, the city has still managed to reach 80.48 per cent, slowly inching closer to the 81.32 per cent recovery rate of the state capital. With the PMC periphery, the percentage of active cases is 17.11 while 13.03 per cent in Mumbai city, 23.57 per cent overall in the state and 21.94 per cent nationally.

On August 26, PMC has reported a total of 87,317 patients while 70,269 seemed to have recovered to date. 14,940 active patients have been registered while 2,108 have died so far. When calculated, the mortality rate of PMC is 2.41 per cent, which is lower than that of Mumbai - 5.43 per cent. Despite that, it remained to be higher than the national average which is 1.84 per cent. The per cent of critical patients - 5.44 - continues to be a matter of concern for the civic administration.

To ensure enough beds for the COVID-19 patients, the civic body has recently arranged 800 bed-jumbo facilities on the College of Engineering Pune (CoEP) ground in Shivajinagar with addition to a 314-bed facility in a civic building in Baner.

The PMC allowed patients who are having mild symptoms to isolate themselves at home. On Agust 26, more than half of the total number of active patients, 7,946, opted for home isolation. The administration is taking steps to identify the co-morbid patients belonging to the high-risk category and who are much more prone to the infection. Of the total 2,108 Covid-19 deaths in the PMC jurisdiction, the numbers of co-morbid patients are 1,523.

At present, PMC is operating in 66 containment zones, which were reduced from 75 in the initial half of the August. The last list of containment zones was declared on August 17.

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