In a good news for Pune, the PMC has recorded COVID-19 recovery rate of 70.29 per cent - the highest so far for the city battling with the coronavirus pandemic ever since the outbreak in March. The percentage of COVID-19 positive cases has reduced from 26.1 per cent in between July 17 and 23 to 24.1 per cent from July 31 to August 6. The death rate has also gone down to 2.39 per cent from 2.43 per cent in the last week of July.
The improvement in numbers is seen as a result of the recent 10-day lockdown in the city and neighbouring areas.
On Friday, a video conference was held in the presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and the health officials.
In the meeting, Thackeray asked the authorities to ensure that the death rate in the city is reduced even further. Union Health Ministry's Joint Secretary Lav Agrawal asked the authorities to focus on containment areas, early detection and identifying the developing hotspots, reported Pune Mirror.
Meanwhile, Pune district reported 2,620 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking its COVID-19 count to 1,02,884, an official said on Friday.
The death toll increased by 34 during this period to reach 2,344, he said.
"Of the new cases, 1,249 are in Pune Municipal Corporation limits, which now has 63,286 cases, while 960 are in Pimpri Chinchwad where the count is 27,078 now. Rural and cantonment areas have 12,520 cases overall. A total of 1,168 people were discharged during the day," the official informed.
(With PTI inputs)