Passengers queue up to give a nasal swab sample for a Covid-19 coronavirus test after arriving at a railway platform on a long distance train, in Mumbai on May 27, 2021.
Passengers queue up to give a nasal swab sample for a Covid-19 coronavirus test after arriving at a railway platform on a long distance train, in Mumbai on May 27, 2021.
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Maharashtra Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday expressed deep concern over the rate of growth in COVID-19 patients in excess of state average rate of 0.47% in 21 of the total 36 districts and high weekly positivity in 14 districts in excess of state average rate of 10.46%. The Cabinet admitted that even though the implementation of corona containment measures has shown decline in the daily number of COVID-19 cases, the number of deaths reported daily is a matter of worry that needs to be attended to.

The Public Health Department in its presentation to the Cabinet said Pune, Mumbai, Thane, Satara, Kolhapur, Nagpur, Sangli, Solapur, Nashik and Ahmednagar constitute 64.95% of the total active cases of 3,15,042.

According to the department the list of 21 districts with high weekly average growth in COVID-19 patients included Sindhudurg (2.71%), Ratnagiri (1.55%), Kolhapur (1.51%), Buldhana (1.43%), Satara (1.37%), Sangli (1.21%), Osmanabad (1.21%), Amravati (1.06%), Beed (1.01%), Akola (0.98%), Washim (0.92%), Yavatmal (0.92%), Solapur (0.86%), Ahmednagar (0.85%), Parbhani (0.64%), Hingoli (0.62%), Gadchiroli (0.61%), Jalna (0.57%), Wardha (0.55%), Palghar (0.49%) and Raigad (0.49%). This is more than the state’s weekly average of 0.47%.

Further, of the 36 districts, 14 districts with high weekly positivity included Sindhudurg (21.36%), Satara (20.02%), Ratnagiri (19.22%), Raigad (18.21%), Kolhapur (16.85%), Osmanabad (16.22%), Pune (16.16%), Sangli (15.47%), Hingoli (15.43%), Beed (13.48%), Amravati (12.86%), Thane (11.91%), Akola (11.74%) and Gadchiroli (10.75%). This is more than the state’s weekly average of 10.46%.

The department said the doubling rate as of May 26 is 147.09 days, fatality rate is 1.62% and recovery rate is 92.76%. The government is conducting 2,61,460 tests per day across the state.

As far as the health infrastructure and medical facilities are concerned, there are a total of 4,73,710 isolation beds (excluding ICU), 3,38,550 isolation beds (for COVID 19 patients), 1,35,117 isolation beds (for suspects), 1,06,475 oxygen beds, 32,215 total ICU beds, 12,616 ventilators, 14,32,644 PPE kit and 22,89,633 N95 masks.

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