The state’s public health department (PHD) said total cases in the district surged to 2,30,187 by the end of March. The 78,437 cases in March are more than Thane (59,258) and Nashik (50,732), even though these districts have higher population. Only Mumbai (88,856) and Pune (1,26,441) were ahead of the district.
The district civil surgeon (CS) said there were 76,250 cases in March, which were less than those stated by PHD. Similarly, total cases were 2,26,038 as per CS as on March 31.
The cases in March were over 1.6 times those registered in September last year (48,457) and 3.25 times August (24,163). The district witnessed peak of first wave in last two weeks of August and entire September last year. Therefore, cases in September were highest till March.
The district has started to witness second wave from third week of February and surge in cases from beginning of March.
Ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) had announced detection of double mutated variant in 20% of samples sent from the district. Also, National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, detected UK variant from swab sample of a woman from Wardha, who probably contracted the disease in the city.
Till March 16, the highest number of cases registered in a day were 2,343 on September 13 last year. The severity of infection in the district in March can be gauged from the fact that the daily average of cases in March comes to 2,460.
Test positivity rate (TPR) in March was 20.11% and more than all months, excluding September (24.63%). The TPR also surged in March despite record number of tests.
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Zilla Parishad (ZP) along with private laboratories conducted 3,79,143 tests in March, double the number in all months. There had been 1,96,722 tests in September last year. Daily average of tests in March was 12,230.
With spike in cases, the deaths did not rise from beginning of March. Fatalities started to increase from third week. Deaths were above 50 for last five consecutive days. The 763 fatalities registered in March were more than all months, excluding August (919) and September (1,465).
The case fatality rate was 1% in March, which is less than all months. It is the result of high number of cases in March.
The district witnessed shortage of beds as well as oxygen supply in March despite pandemic becoming an year old. The same situation prevailed in August and September.