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PUNE: The weekly case fatality rate (CFR) for Covid-19 has dropped to mere 0.3% in the Pune municipal limits, with just two persons succumbing to the infection in the civic areas in the week ending December 8, latest PMC data has revealed.
CFR in the PMC limits stood at 0.6% in the previous week (November 25-December 1) and 1.8% during November 18-24.
City hospitals involved in treating Covid patients said for weeks now, they have recorded no new deaths due to Covid-19.
PMC’s assistant medical officer Sanjeev Wavare told TOI, “CFR during the second wave in the Pune municipal limits started dropping from July this year, but the drop has been significant during the second half of November and further in December. Weekly CFR in the city limits has fallen below 0.5% in December, which is an average of one or two deaths per week. There are a few days in a week when the city records no Covid death.”
A district health department official said, “0.3% CFR is akin to just three deaths in a thousand Covid cases, which is a very low mortality rate. As cases have reduced, deaths have also reduced, with 1-2 Covid deaths in the PMC limits per week off late. Though the PMC limits have been recording lower CFR than the PCMC and rural areas, the difference is only minor as Covid mortalities have reduced across the district.”
Dr Dhananjay Kelkar, medical director at Deenanath Mangeshkar hospital, told TOI, “For weeks together now, we see no Covid deaths at the hospital, which is a stark contrast from the past. This trend has been brewing since four to six weeks, becoming more pronounced during the recent weeks. For instance, there is an average of 0-1 Covid death in a four-week period at the hospital.”
Dr Kelkar said Covid mortalities have gone down so significantly now, that such low CFR was never observed in the past even when the first Covid wave had subsided. “High vaccination rate in the population and the virus taking on a milder version have a role to play in this,” he said.
Experts said most Covid deaths now were being reported from severe unvaccinated cases or elderly patients with higher number of comorbidities.