Covid in India: Maharashtra records 90% drop in deaths in one month – News

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According to government officials, there was a 95% decline in March compared to January.



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Published: Sat 26 March 2022, 10:25

Maharashtra has seen a massive 90% drop in Covid deaths in one month.

According to government officials, there was a 95% decline in March compared to January.

Dr Pradeep Awate, the state surveillance officer, told media that March saw the lowest number of deaths since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The state reported single-digit deaths and many districts saw no Covid-related deaths; they went unreported for six days in March, he said.

“This is the best situation we could have had so far in the pandemic,” said Dr Rakesh Bhadade, Chief of Critical Care, BYL Nair Hospital, Mumbai. “Not a single patient needed oxygen, let alone a ventilator.”

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Government officials and doctors attribute this to the massive vaccination campaign in the state, which has been a huge success. Dr Rahul Pandit, a member of the state’s Covid task force, said vaccination coverage was saturated and the horrors of the first and second waves were unlikely to be repeated. However, he urged citizens not to stop wearing masks.

On Thursday, Dharavi in ​​central Mumbai reported zero active Covid cases for the first time. It has so far recorded 8,233 Covid cases and 419 deaths. The first Covid infection was reported in Dharavi in ​​April 2020.

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