Coronavirus in Mira Bhayandar
Coronavirus in Mira Bhayandar
Manvender Vashist

Bhayandar, July 2: The test positivity rate (TPR) of the twin-city hovers a little above one percent with 714 new infections being detected from around 70,643 swab samples tested within a fortnight from 17, June to 1, July.

TPR indicates the percentage of Covid-19 tests conducted that turn out to be positive. However the overall positivity rate is pegged at 10 percent. 63 people tested positive for the infection on Thursday. Although the latest additions have catapulted the total number of cumulative positive patients to 50,700 the MBMC’s health department data also shows that a total of 49,035 patients have recovered from their viral infection and have been discharged from various healthcare facilities in the twin-city. While the recovery rate now stands at 96.72 percent, the active number of cases has risen to 327 which works out to just 0.64 percent of the total caseload.

However, despite a significant dip in new cases, the recoveries have been comparatively low in the past fortnight. With cases going down, the bed occupancy has significantly reduced as the number of available beds has increased.

However, the civic administration led by Dilip Dhole is not leaving any stone unturned to confront any eventualities especially the third wave of the deadly epidemic which according to healthcare experts is most likely to impact children in a big way.

Of the total 3,091 Covid beds across all private and public healthcare facilities in the twin-city, only 219 are currently occupied. Apart from availability of more than 114 ventilators, the vacant beds include 1,052 oxygen beds and 268 ICU beds, officials said.

Apart from forming a special task force (STF) comprising pediatricians and senior doctors which are already busy in setting up necessary arrangements and formulate strategies that need to be adopted for the third wave, the MBMC has been arranging a series of meetings and webinar aimed at imparting training to nurses and doctors attached to the public healthcare facilities in the twin-city.

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