Pune: PMC analysis reveals only 19 per cent deaths purely due to COVID-19; rest all caused by comorbidity

Sakal Times Staff
Monday, 20 July 2020

Is COVID-19 the real 'killer'? This question has been answered by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) officials as the analysis of death due to COVID-19 was done by them recently, and it revealed surprising numbers.

Pune: Is COVID-19 the real 'killer'? This question has been answered by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) officials as the analysis of death due to COVID-19 was done by them recently, and it revealed surprising numbers. According to this analysis, only 19 per cent of patients have died 'purely' due to COVID-19, while other deaths have been due to the other diseases which the patient suffered from before getting infected by the coronavirus.

Pune city has recorded a total 976 deaths of COVID-19 positive tested patients. The PMC has managed to analyse 765 cases of these and has got interesting insights about the menace created by the coronavirus. The 81 per cent deaths were due to comorbidities like diabetes, heart ailments and high blood pressure.

The analysis of causes behind the deaths has highlighted once again that senior citizens and persons with comorbidities should take utmost care and precautions to guard themselves from the coronavirus infection. If these individuals contract the infection, their immune power reduces considerably. The body responds less to the treatment and thereby puts restrictions on the kind of treatment, doses to be given to the patient to save his or her life.

The city reported the highest number of deaths due to COVID-19 disease in a day on Sunday (July 19), as 44 patients succumbed to the illness. Still, 557 patients are in critical condition and 94 of them are on ventilator support. There is an acute shortage of ICU, ventilator and oxygen beds which has created panic amongst citizens. The patients who succumbed to the disease on Sunday were from the age group of 39 to 50 years and were having other illnesses before they were diagnosed with COVID-19.

COVID-19 Pune: Comorbidity and deaths

  • High blood pressure - 72
  • Diabetes - 55
  • Heart ailments - 33
  • Kidney problems - 31
  • Multi-organ dysfunction Syndrome - 80
  • Multiple diseases combined - 309
  • Obesity - 4
  • Low Immunity - 2
  • COPD - 3
  • Liver problems - 9
  • Thyroid - 6
  • Tuberculosis - 6

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