Why Coronavirus patients in Pune are increasing? Know the reasons

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Pune, April 29, 2020: The majority of patients diagnosed with Coronavirus in Pune city are from slums. Eight to ten patients are being detected in a single household, which is now an obstacle in controlling the Coronavirus outbreak in Pune.

The number of COVID19 patients has reached 1339 in areas under Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), while in the whole Pune district there are about 1491 patients including 115 in areas under Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC). There are 17 patients from Khadki and 12 from Pune cantonments. Till now 203 patients have been cured in PMC areas.

Maharashtra’s first Coronavirus positive patient was found in Pune on March 9. COVID19 patients are rising rapidly in PMC areas. Experts from the public health department observed the change from housing societies to slums. Now PMC has planned to relocate thousands of slum dwellers temporarily in quarantine centres. The slums are highly congested and it has become difficult to maintain physical distancing there.

Many patients at home

Most of the patients who are now found in city are living in slums. Even though it is not possible to go out due to lockdown, it is not possible to observe physical distance properly as there are eight to ten people living in a single room. So the spread of COVID is increasing. The number of patients in Bhavani Peth, Yerwada, Tadiwala Road, Kondhwa, Parvati Darshan has increased. These areas are densely populated.

Challenges in Pune

The density of the population is high, Low standard of living, Social, economic status, Lack of education, Opposition to the survey are the challenges identified health department officials after analyzing patients profiles.

What are the solutions?

Emphasis on exposure to contact, rapidly increasing rate of diagnostic tests, and strict implementation of containment zones, disinfection, Isolation of slum residents and suspected patients.