Pimpri-Chinchwad: Case fatality rate is at 1.8 per cent, PCMC sets target to bring it down to less than 1 per cent

Salil Urunkar
Tuesday, 8 September 2020

The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has now set a target to bring the case fatality rate down to less than 1 per cent

Pune: As the number of people infected with Covid-19 in Pimpri-Chinchwad has reached 57,000, the case fatality rate (CFR) is still at 1.8 per cent. The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has now set a target to bring the CFR down to less than 1 per cent.

The spread of coronavirus is likely to pick up further. At present the death toll due to Covid-19 has been 950 so far. Although the CFR is less than other cities in the state, the administration is facing the challenge of bringing it down to one per cent.

Emphasis has been placed on tracing more patients and treating them as early as possible. At present, if a patient is found positive, 14 of his contacts are being examined. The corporation plans to increase the number of inspections to 20 to break the coronavirus spread chain. However, some do not come for the checking just out of fear or they flatly refuse.

The investigation has revealed that the administration is being misled by citizens who give wrong addresses and contact numbers. This misleading information can cause the infection spread to grow exponentially. Furthermore, the use of masks and adherence to social distancing is not observed in many places. Also, the number of patients has been increasing rapidly since the lockdown was relaxed.

Causes of death

So far out of the deaths reported due to Covid-19, about 95 per cent of deaths are of patients with comorbidities or very late stage hospital admission for treatment. A healthy person diagnosed with Covid-19 and died only due to that disease is only 5 per cent of cases. Typically, any person with low immunity, with lung, heart disease, diabetes, blood pressure, cancer, kidney disorders have succumbed to the coronavirus infection.

Santosh Patil, Additional Commissioner, Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation said, “The number of tests and the number of oxygen beds have been increased to bring down the mortality rate in the city. Ventilator beds are adequately available as of now. Citizens should not ignore the symptoms in initial stages. If they have any doubt, they should check it themselves. The oxygen saturation level in the body should be maintained and citizens should give attention to it.”

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