Maharashtra: 206 Aurangabad villages become corona-free

Aurangabad: At least 206 out of 341 coronavirus-affected villages in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra have managed to beat the disease and have zero patients as on Friday, an official said.

Monitoring containment zones and constant checks on elderly villagers has helped in controlling the spread of infection, Zilla Parishad chief executive officer Mangesh Gondavale said.

Out of 1,368 villages in the district, 341 had reported cases of Covid-19, of which 206 have managed to contain the outbreak, he said.

As many as 67 villages have not had a single patient in the last 28 days, no cases were detected in 63 villages in 14 days and 76 other areas don't have a patient as on Friday, the official said.

Among the 341 coronavirus-affected villages, 289 had recorded one to 10 cases, while 39 had detected 10 to 50 infections and 13 villages had more than 50 patients each, he said.

"We have continuously monitored residents of containment zones and kept a watch on senior citizens in buffer zones. This has helped in early detection of cases and kept the death rate comparatively low, the official said.

However, the shortage of rapid antigen testing kits has become a key constraint in the rural parts of the district, he said.

"We have placed an order for 30,000 testing kits. The supply of antigen kits is limited and so, we sometimes borrow them from other local governing bodies," Gondavale said.

Till July 28, there were 3,900 patients in rural Aurangabad and by August 28 the number rose to around 7,700, he said, pointing out that the rise was less compared to other districts.

As of now, the recovery rate in the rural areas stands at 77 per cent, he added. There are 22 COVID-19 care centres, which have 2,005 beds, of which 586 are occupied, the official said, adding that there were plans to increase the bed capacity to 6,000.

City records 437 fresh cases

As many as 437 patients have tested positive for coronavirus infection in Maharashtra's Aurangabad district, raising the caseload in the region to 27,289, an official said on Friday.

Apart from this, 13 Covid-19 patients died of the infection on Thursday that has taken the toll to 782 in the district, the official said.

Of the 27,289 cases reported so far, 20,704 patients have recovered from the infection, he said.

Among the 437 fresh cases, 97 are from Aurangabad city, followed by 164 from the district, 73 were detected at city entry points and 103 were detected by mobile swab collection teams, the official said.

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