India: Covid-19 surge spreads to 28 of Maharashtra’s 36 districts
Covid-19 cases have spread to more districts in the state over the past week. Active cases in 28 of the 36 districts in Maharashtra have seen a surge in the last two weeks, up from 21 districts about 10 days ago.
Health department data shows active cases continue to go up in newly emerging hotspots in the Vidarbha like Amravati, Akola, Buldhana, Yavatmal and Nagpur, but districts in Marathwada like Latur, Hingoli, Parbhani and Nanded are also adding large numbers.
With Vidarbha as the epicenter of the February surge, Nagpur (9,141) district has the second highest active cases after Pune (12,577). Amravati’s weekly positivity rate highest in state at 41.5%
Nagpur has even pushed Mumbai (7,899) to the third place and Thane district to fourth (7,276). Amravati, with 6,740 active cases, is at the fifth spot.
Active cases in these five districts account for nearly 65% of total active cases in the state. The incidence in Nagpur is particularly high for its population of 5 million when compared to Mumbai, which has a population of nearly 13 million. The data also shows that between February 15 and 21, the highest weekly growth rate in cases was reported by Amravati (19.4%). Akola’s weekly growth rate was 10.5% and Buldhana reported a growth rate of 6.1%. All these districts are from Vidarbha.