Thane and Pune have emerged as hot spots of Covid-19, with 20.60% (103,642) and 21.86% (109,988) of Maharashtra’s 503,084 cases in these two districts. Thane and Pune had 11% and 16% of the state’s covid-19 cases on June 12.
In Maharashtra Currently there are 500,000 confirmed cases with the recovery of 3,38,362 people and the death are around 17,367. In Mumbai there is 1,22,316 cases and death toll reached to 6,751. In Pune the active cases the total number of cases is 69,500 and death toll is 1,744.
Maharashtra’s Health Minister Rajesh Tope said, these two regions will reach their peak in the next two weeks, after which cases will dip.
“We are expecting that either these two regions are already in the middle of the peak or will reach there within two weeks. Then we can expect a drop in the cases graph, as we have witnessed in Mumbai”.
Officials from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) predict that by August-end, the city’s share of cases will drop even further. “It has been almost two months since we have noticed any sudden spike in the number of Covid-19 cases in Mumbai.
The slums have recovered. Dharavi, which was our main concern due to the huge population, is recording cases below two digits on an average,” said Suresh Kakani, additional commissioner, BMC.
“Due to their connectivity with satellite towns, numbers in these two regions have jumped. Detection of cases has also risen due to an increase in testing using antigen kits,” said Dr Pradeep Awate, state surveillance officer.
Dr Sanjay Pattiwar, a public health expert, said, “As Mumbai and MMR (Mumbai Metropolitan Region) are interconnected, we have to be careful before opening up transportation or local trains which can bring the second wave of pandemic. Just like in Mumbai, the curve is expected to come down in Pune and Thane also.”