Pune: 1st district to cross 3L-mark in India

With 2,039 new COVID cases on Thursday, Pune has become the first district in the country to cross the 3-lakh-mark. So far, 3,01,392 people have tested positive.

Also, 58 COVID-related deaths were reported on Thursday; the death crossed the 7,000-mark with the total standing at 7,028. Apart from these, 1,518 patients were discharged on Thursday, from various hospitals. The number of recoveries stands at 2,61,565.

The active cases in Pune city have come down to 14,032 of which 869 are critical — 496 are on ventilator and 373 are without. The number of patients on oxygen support in the city has come down to 2,771. On Thursday, 4,932 tests were conducted, said Dr Ashish Bharti, PMC health chief.

Among the 52 deaths, an 81-year-old man from Kothrud was the oldest fatality. The cause of death is said to be type-1 respiratory failure and acute respiratory distress syndrome. The patient was suffering hypertension and diabetes. On Thursday, Maharashtra reported 13,395 fresh cases, taking the cumulative number to 14,93,884. Also, 358 patients succumbed to the virus, taking the toll to 39,430 in the state.

Apart from these, 15,575 patients were discharged after full recovery. The cumulative total now stands at 11,96,441 said the officials. The recovery rate is at 81.13 per cent and the case fatality rate is at 2.64 per cent, said the officials.

The public health experts from the central health team warned the district administration and local bodies of Pune about a forecast of expected surge in COVID cases from January 2021.

The local bodies have been informed that the present situation is just a mere breather and that, they should prepare for the surge. PMC, Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and Pune rural have been asked to make adequate arrangement for oxygen beds, ventilator beds and medicines and health care staff and doctors.

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