Gurgaon in Haryana, one of the most affected districts in the country by the coronavirus pandemic, recorded a six-fold increase in deaths, while cases increased by more than three and a half times between May 31 and June. 11, official data showed Friday.
Out of nearly 6,000 cases in total in Haryana, Gurgaon alone accounts for more than 45% and 19 of the 64 COVID-19 deaths in the state.
The other two districts most affected are – Faridabad and Sonipat, which, like Gurgaon, fall in the National Capital Region next to Delhi. Together, these three districts have more than 4,000 cases and 46 of 64 deaths as of June 11.
As of May 31, Gurgaon had killed three people and 774 cases of COVID-19 (487 active). But as of June 11, the number had risen to 19 deaths and 2,737 cases (1,760 active).
Gurgaon reported six deaths in a single day on June 11, according to data from the health department.
Between May 31 and June 11, Haryana as a whole experienced a three-fold increase in deaths and cases of coronavirus, from 20 to 64 and from 2,091 to 5,968 respectively.
The positive rate of COVID-19 increased from 1.84% to 3.80% during the period and the mortality rate increased from 0.96% to 1.07%. The rate of doubling of cases accelerated from 9 to 7 days, and the recovery rate fell to 37.87% against 50.12%, according to the data.
In Faridabad, the total number of cases increased from 367 and eight deaths as of May 31 to 929 cases and 22 deaths as of June 11.
In Sonipat, the total number of cases increased from 199 and one death on May 31 to 502 and five deaths on June 11.
Gurgaon chief medical officer Virender Yadav said the majority of the 19 patients who died in the district suffered from comorbid conditions or were over the age of 60.
“The patients suffered from comorbid conditions, including heart problems, diabetes or other serious illnesses, or were over the age of 60,” Dr Yadav told the Press Trust of India news agency by phone.
Rajiv Arora, Additional Chief Secretary (Health), also said that most of the patients who died across the state suffered from severe co-morbid conditions.
Dr. Yadav, who was the chief medical officer of the neighboring district of Nuh, joined the post of chief medical officer of Gurgaon to replace Dr. JS Punia, who in the midst of increasing cases in the “millennium city” , was transferred to Nuh.
Dr. Yadav, credited with controlling the spread of the pandemic to a large extent in Nuh, which has a total of over 100 cases without death, said his immediate priority was to have the sample results processed within 36 hours, which were currently 4 to 5 days. in Gurgaon.
When results are available in a shorter period of time, it helps to quickly trace patient contact and take corrective action, said Dr. Yadav.
Arora, when asked about the surge in cases, particularly in Gurgaon and Faridabad, said on Thursday “we are alive and alert.”
When asked if Gurgaon was heading for community transmission, he replied that the district population was almost 2 million and depending on the number of active cases, it was not.
He said that more than 75 lakh live in the four districts of Gurgaon, Faridabad, Sonipat and Jhajjar, and that there are about 2,600 active cases in these regions, which is why this cannot be called community spread.
Increasing sampling, improving contact tracing, tracking people with a travel history and carrying out door-to-door searches by health workers, particularly among vulnerable segments of society, are among the measures the department health care takes, said Arora.
As cases continued to mount in districts of the NCR, state health minister Anil Vij recently said he was concerned about the speed at which infections spread to areas adjacent to the national capital.
He cited the movement of people from Delhi to these areas of Haryana as the reason for the outbreak.
Vij, who is also the state’s interior minister, had imposed tighter restrictions on interstate borders, particularly in districts that share borders with Delhi, including Gurgaon.
For the moment, shopping centers and places of worship have not been reopened to the public in Gurgaon and Faridabad.
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