The data was part of a report tabled before deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar during a weekly review meeting on Friday. Rural Pune includes 13 tehsils and 14 municipal councils, of which Bhor (3.8%), Purandar (3.4%), Junnar (3.4%), Maval (3.1%) and Shirur (3%) had the highest mortality rate, the report revealed.
As per an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) benchmark, the fatality rate should be less than 1%. Zilla parishad officials said no tehsils or municipal council in rural Pune so far has reported such a low CFR.
Pune ZP chief executive officer Ayush Prasad said more than 50% of those patients who succumbed to the contagion had underlying health conditions.
“The infection worsened their condition,” Prasad said, adding that this was a factor in the high fatality in these areas, “despite a huge drop in overall positive cases”.
A senior ZP health official said delayed hospital admissions were also to blame for the high CFR.
Interestingly, the death rate in Haveli and Khed tehsils, which continue to record the highest Covid cases in Pune rural areas, is 1.9% and 2.4%, respectively.
“We carried out an extensive survey in these two tehsils and therefore could detect patients at an early stage,” the official said.
The rural parts have so far reported 62,496 Covid-19 cases since the pandemic started in the first quarter of 2020. Of them, 60,010 people have recovered and 1,550 succumbed, while 936 patients are still being treated.