Nagpur: With 5,854 new Covid-19 cases reported in Vidarbha in the last 24 hours, the count for March reached 98,923 on Monday. At this rate, March is all set to become the first and only month in the pandemic to have more than one lakh cases.
The region also reported 74 deaths on Monday, including 40 of them in Nagpur district alone. While increasing cases is not a major concern for the administration, a surge in deaths has made it re-think the strategy to curb the pandemic.
Out of the 40 deaths in Nagpur district, 21 were in city, 15 in rural areas while four deceased were from other state/division. Yavatmal reported 13 deaths on Monday, more than 10 deaths for second day in a row.
Amravati (5), Buldhana and Wardha (4 each), Akola and Chandrapur (3 each), Bhandara and Washim (1 each) contributed to the region’s Covid toll for March which reached 775 on Monday. The cumulative toll is 8,163 and the case fatality rate is just under 2% now.
Vidarbha has been reporting more than 6,000 new cases daily since March 17. This number reduced to 5,854 on Monday. But that could be due to reduced testing in last 24 hours due to Sunday.
The region conducted 30,478 tests in the last 24 hours as against record 48,000 and 47,000 on previous two days. Recoveries for the first time, crossed 4,000 mark and reached 4,251 on Monday, which is definitely a positive development.
Now, out of total 4.18 lakh cases, 3.55 lakh have recovered in Vidarbha. Recovery rate is 84.8% which is less than state and national average – both above 90%.
As number of under-treatment patient is on rise, the recovery rate has dipped under 90% in Vidarbha. Now, 55,340 patients are under treatment in the region. A majority of them are in home isolation.
Amravati: A spike of 365 new cases and five deaths took the district’s caseload to 45,760 and toll to 635. Recoveries outnumbered new cases as 549 patients were discharged taking the total to 40,949. This leaves 4,176 active patients under treatment.
Yavatmal: Total 13 deaths were recorded taking the toll to 576. The caseload has reached 24,840 while the account for 22,302. There are now 1,965 active positive patients in the district.
Wardha: The district continue to record deaths as four more succumbed on Monday taking the toll to 410. Total 116 new cases were recorded taking the caseload to 16,679. In all, 191 patients were discharged taking the recoveries to 14,706 while 1,563 active patients are under treatment. The new cases were reported from Wardha (90), Arvi (17), Hinganghat (7), Ashti and Selu (1 each).
Chandrapur: Three more deaths took the toll to 413 while there were 123 new case and 72 recoveries. The active cases under treatment are 1,305. The caseload now stands at 25,856 and the recoveries have climbed to 24,138.
Akola: The district received 1,680 reports on Monday, out of which 367 returned positive. Toll increased to 427 after death of a 67-year-old man, a 71-year-old man and a 65-year-old woman. The district’s caseload is 24,776, out of which 18,166 patients have recovered, including 405 on Monday. Now, 6,183 patients are under treatment.
Buldhana: The district reported four deaths — 70, 74 and 78 and 68 year old men — taking the toll to 24. Out of the 1,801 reports received on Monday, 506 came positive. The caseload increased to 30,613. With 594 patients recovering in a day, recoveries reached 25,008, leaving 5,365 patients under treatment.
Washim: A 52-year-old man from Washim died on March 21, taking the toll to 174. With 342 new cases and 160 recoveries on Monday, Washim now has 13,200 cases, 11,117 recoveries and 1,908 patients under treatment.
Gadchiroli: The district reported 23 new cases while 38 patients recovered on Monday. No death was reported. Gadchiroli has reported 10,164 total cases, 9,754 recoveries and 108 deaths till date. Now, 302 patients are under treatment.
Gondia: The district reported 57 new cases, 26 recoveries and no death on Monday. The caseload is 15,144, including 14,460 recoveries and 187 deaths while 497 patients are under treatment.
Bhandara: With 112 new cases and 74 recoveries, the caseload increased to 15,204 and recoveries to 13863. One death was reported on Monday, which took the toll to 331. Now, 1,010 patients are under treatment.