Pune: Maharashtra has been witnessing an unprecedented rise in coronavirus cases every day, making it the worst affected state in the country. On Monday, 1,434 fresh cases of COVID-19 patients have been reported in Pune district which has led to a surge in cases crossing the 30,033 mark. With 19 fatalities witnessed in the city, the death toll has now reached 888.
But on a positive note, around 993 patients have recovered from the virus and have been discharged which has increased the rate of recovery to 18,322. Approx 1,37,364 patients have been tested until now.
Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) health chief, Dr Ramchandra Hankare said, there are total 7,912 active cases reported in the Pune district out of which 368 are serious cases and 64 patients are on a ventilator.
On Monday, the district reported around 19 deaths, of which the youngest man, aged 35 also lost his life. He died at Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) because of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The man was also suffering from bilateral pneumonitis and acute kidney injury (AKI).
The oldest patient aged 83 from Bhairoba Nala also lost his life at Ruby Hall Clinic due to ARDS and multiple-organ-failure.
The state recently crossed the two-lakh mark when 5,368 tested COVID-19 positive. The death toll is about to reach the 10,000 mark as 204 new fatality cases were witnessed. On the other hand, 3,522 patients were discharged taking the number to 1,15,262 in Maharashtra. Presently, there are 87,681 active cases.
Amid the rising cases of coronavirus, the board officials of the Khadki Cantonment jurisdiction have decided to lock down the entire area between July 9 and 15. Only the essential services like milk, ration, medical shops, banks, ATMs and petrol pumps will be permitted to operate.
Pramod Kumar Singh, Chief Executive officer of the board urged the citizens to strictly abide by the lockdown measures and avoid going out unless there's an emergency. "Cops will maintain strict vigilance. Any violations from the public will be met with strict action," Singh said.
Meanwhile, a woman officer from the rehabilitation department of the district collector's office at Bund garden has been tested positive which is the first case of the virus among the office employees. There are possibilities of the woman officer who was deployed at the Pune railway station to come in contact with an infected passenger since she was responsible for handling records of travelling migrants.
Smita Pawar, rehabilitation department head said, "Since last few days, many passengers were found positive. Such an employee must have come in contact with our officer."