Pune, Kolhapur among top 5 districts in Maharashtra with Covid-19 positivity rate above state average

Maharashtra's positivity rate is 4.50 per cent whereas that of Kolhapur and Pune are 10.24 per cent and 7.68 per cent respectively.

Pune, Kolhapur, Satara, Sangli and Raigad are the top five districts in Maharashtra that have a weekly Covid-19 positivity rate above the state average.

The state’s positivity rate last week (June 27-July 3) stood at 4.50 per cent whereas that of Kolhapur was 10.24 per cent. This was a slight increase from the 7.73 per cent that was recorded in the week before (June 20-26). Satara’s positivity rate, too, stood at 9.14 per cent, a rise from the 7.75 per cent seen in the week before.

Pune district, too, is no different where the figure rose from 7.20 per cent in the week from June 20-26 to 7.68 per cent last week.

Sangli and Raigad’s weekly positivity rate stood at 8.81 per cent and 7.88 per cent respectively. Other districts where the weekly positivity rate is higher than the state average include Ratnagiri (7.29 per cent), Sindhudurg (6.55 per cent) and Palghar (5.26 per cent).

There are also districts, which had been recording very high numbers earlier, that have brought down the weekly rate to below 3 per cent — Nashik (2.34 per cent) and Solapur (2.96 per cent).

To date, the state has registered more than 60 lakh cases of Covid-19 and 1.23 lakh deaths. While the case fatality rate is at 2.01 per cent, there are currently 1.16 lakh active cases. Nearly 40,000 are admitted to various hospitals and 15,019 are in critical condition. Of these, 5,215 are admitted to intensive care units across hospitals in the state.

Dr Subhash Salunkhe, a technical advisor on Covid-19 to the Maharashtra government, said that after assessing the situation, at least 70 per cent of the adult population will have to be vaccinated by August-end in addition to public health measures that are being taken.

“In order to achieve this, we need to make it obligatory for every shop owner, industrial establishments and small or big trader to get their employees inoculated before restarting their work. This strategy will also address the issue of vaccine hesitancy,” Dr Salunkhe added.

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