There were 58 deaths in the district on Sunday, which too was the highest in a day in the second wave, and probably highest among all districts in the country for second consecutive day.
The district recorded 3,970 positive cases of novel coronavirus on Sunday, 2,950 cases in city, 1,017 in rural and three from other districts. The number was the second highest in a day in 12-month-long pandemic. Earlier highest in a day was 4,095 on March 26.
Total number of cases in the district increased to 2,188,20 on Sunday.
Till March 16, highest number of cases in a day were 2,343 on September 13 last year. Now, the district has witnessed over 3,000 cases per day for last 12 consecutive days.
The 25,740 cases registered between March 22 and 28 are more than the monthly totals over entire last year, excluding September 2020, which saw 48,457 cases.
The cases in March have already surpassed the total of September last year. As on Sunday, 69,032 cases were detected in March. Thus, second wave has turned out to be more severe compared to the first one in the district.
The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Zilla Parishad (ZP) have continued record number of tests in the district, with 1,11,113 tests conducted in last seven days. The one lakh weekly test figure was first crossed in third week of March, when 1,02,804 tests happened between March 15 and 21.
Despite increase in number of tests, test positivity rate (TPR) increased in third week of March. TPR was 23.17%, which is at par with September last year.
Due to surge in cases, number of active cases is going up each day. As per data of state’s public health department, there were 42,232 active cases on Sunday and probably third highest among all districts in the country after Pune (62,022) and Mumbai (43,599). The district was on second position for last many days after Pune.
On Sunday, there were 58 deaths in the district, with 37 being residents of the city, 18 from rural and three from other districts. The district registered 58 fatalities in a day after 192 days. There were 64 deaths on September 17 last year.
Total deaths in fourth week of March were 307, which is highest among all weeks in second wave. Fatalities increased by 10 times in 28 days of March. The district had registered six deaths on March 1.
There were over 50 deaths in the district for last two consecutive days, with 54 deaths on Saturday. In comparison with August, September and October last year, the deaths in March are less. The district had recorded over 50 deaths on 15 days in September.
Despite high number of cases, the case fatality rate (CFR) is on the rise. CFR in fourth week of March increased to 1.2% whereas it was below 1% in all weeks during the second wave. CFR is less compared to August, September and October of last year.
In the review meeting by home minister Anil Deshmukh on Sunday, officials said next 15 days were very crucial for the district as any increase in cases is likely to precipitate crisis of beds and push up deaths.