Maharashtra: 206 villages in Aurangabad district become coronavirus-free

Healthcare workers wearing a Personal Protective Equipment(PPE) kit take nasal swab samples from slum residence during coronavirus antigen testing inside a slum colony in Mumbai, on Saturday.

At least 206 out of 341

coronavirus-affected villages in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra have managed to beat the disease and have zero patients as on Friday, an official said.

Monitoring of containment zones and constant checks on elderly villagers has helped in controlling the spread of infection, Zilla Parishad chief executive officer Mangesh Gondavale said.

Out of 1,368 villages in the district, 341 had reported cases of COVID-19, of which 206 have managed to contain the outbreak, he said.

As many as 67 villages have not had a single patient in the last 28 days, no cases were detected in 63 villages in 14 days and 76 other areas don't have a patient as on Friday, the official said.

Among the 341 coronavirus-affected villages, 289 had recorded one to 10 cases, while 39 had detected 10 to 50 infections and 13 villages had more than 50 patients each, he said.

"We have continuously monitored residents of containment zones and kept a watch on senior citizens in buffer zones. This has helped in early detection of cases and kept the death rate comparatively low, the official said.

However, the shortage of rapid antigen testing kits has become a key constraint in the rural parts of the district, he said.

"We have placed an order for 30,000 testing kits. The supply of antigen kits is limited and so, we sometimes borrow them from other local governing bodies," Gondavale said.

Till July 28, there were 3,900 patients in rural Aurangabad and by August 28 the number rose to around 7,700, he said, pointing out that the rise was less compared to other districts.

As of now, the recovery rate in the rural areas stands at 77 per cent, he added.

There are 22 COVID-19 care centres, which have 2,005 beds, of which 586 are occupied, the official said, adding that there were plans to increase the bed capacity to 6,000.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.

We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

Business Standard is now on Telegram.
For insightful reports and views on business, markets, politics and other issues, subscribe to our official Telegram channel