Indore (Madhya Pradesh): Cases of Covid-19 are increasing swiftly in the city as 61 more cases with a positivity rate of 19 per cent were detected on Monday. The intensity of increase in Covid cases could be well imagined from the numbers as about 11 new patients were detected every five hours in the city in the past 11 days. As many as 589 cases were reported since July 1 with an average of about 55 cases in a day.
However, only seven patients recovered every five hours due to which the number of active cases increased to above 400 almost after four months, that is, after February 25.
The increasing number of cases and positivity rate have also exposed the claims of the chief medical and health officer of increasing sampling to trace Covid cases as the department could not collect more than 600 samples in a day.
“We’re collecting samples of people coming to the community health centres in different areas. No fever clinics are being run for them, but we’re trying to increase sampling and have asked the teams to take samples of those found symptomatic with high fever, or throat pain with cough and cold. People are also going to private laboratories for testing,” chief medical and health officer Dr BS Saitya said.
As many as 406 people are getting treatment in the city, but most of them are in home isolation. The lowest number of active cases in the city was on April 17 when only 8 patients were undergoing Covid treatment in the city.
“The number of Covid cases is increasing in Indore and people are coming from different parts of the city, but most of them are asymptomatic and don’t require hospitalisation. The 70-year-old who died of the disease was suffering from co-morbid conditions,” the CMHO added.