The recovery rate on April 23 was 84%, which had increased to 85% on May 19, stated a report of the Pune Zilla Parishad (ZP). Ayush Prasad, the ZP’s CEO, conceded that the recovery rate was improving at a sluggish pace despite taking several measures to contain the spread of coronavirus. “We have been aggressively conducting tests via our door-to-door survey. On an average, we test 10,000 people daily,” he said.
“We have noticed a steady, but sluggish decline in the Covid positivity rate as well. On April 21, the rate was 32.9% and now it stands at 22%. We expect to see it decline further because of the increase in oxygen and ventilator-supported beds,” Prasad added.
The ZP conducted door-todoor survey of a population of over 20 lakh people, with the help of Asha workers, from May 6 to19, an official said.
On April 23, the fatality rate was 1.5%, which was now 1.35%, the report stated. “The fatality rate on March 23 was 2.1%. It came down to 1.5% on April 23. Despite shortage of oxygen and ventilator beds in April and first two weeks of May, the rate reduced by almost 0.6%,” a health department official said.
“The main reason for the virus spread this year was the mingling of asymptomatic patients with the general populace. Most got their tests done with private labs, which did not share the reports with the tehsil administration in time,” asenior official from ZP’s gram panchayat department said.