Coronavirus in Pune: PMC's COVID-19 tally rises by 192, four fatalities recorded
Coronavirus in Pune: PMC's COVID-19 tally rises by 192, four fatalities recorded
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Pune reported 192 new coronavirus cases, taking its caseload to 1,82,901 on Saturday.

According to an update by Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) Mayor Murlidhar Mohol, the death toll climbed to 4,700 with four new fatalities.

A total of 234 patients were discharged during the day, taking the number of active cases to 2,573.

As of now, 1,75,628 people have been discharged/ recovered.

Meanwhile, Pune district health authorities managed to vaccinate 58 per cent of registered beneficiaries on Saturday, the first day of the COVID-19 inoculation drive, with nine of them showing "minor side effects", and 71 refusing to turn up, an official said.

The drive kicked off at 31 sites in the district, eight each in Pune municipal and Pimpri Chinchwad municipal corporations and 15 in Pune rural, and the target was to vaccinate 3,100 registered health care workers, he said.

"A total of 1,802 out of 3,100, or around 58 per cent, were vaccinated. Barring nine incidents of minor side effects, no major adverse side effect was reported in the district, Of the 1,288 who did not turn up, 71 refused," said an official from the district administration.

Dr Nitin Abhyankar, among the first to get vaccinated in Kamla Nehru Hospital in Pune city, said he was proud of being part of this fight against the pandemic.

Dr Nitin Satav, a physician from a city hospital, said everyone should come forward to take the vaccine, while Dr Kiran Mahankale, who contracted COVID-19 in September and recovered, said health care workers must take the shots as it would protect them while treating patients.

Dr Murlidhar Tambe, Superintendent, Sassoon General Hospital, one of the 31 vaccine centres in Pune, was among the first beneficiaries.

"Till 1 pm, 37 beneficiaries, including doctors, have been given Covishield at Sassoon," he said.

Rajesh Karyakarte, head, Department of Microbiology at B J Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital, who too received the jab, said vaccination is the only solution to develop "herd immunity".

(With inputs from PTI)

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