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COVID-19: Maharashtra has 7 high-burden districts; less than 10 active cases in 6 districts

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Satara, Sangli, Ahmednagar, Pune, Osmanabad, Solapur, and Sindhudurg have a higher number of COVID-19 cases than other districts and account for most of the infections in the state, an official said.

COVID-19: Maharashtra has 7 high-burden districts; less than 10 active cases in 6 districts
Just seven districts, including Pune, account for the bulk of the COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra, while six other districts have less than 10 active cases currently. This information was revealed in a presentation made before Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and his cabinet colleagues on Wednesday.
Maharashtra, the worst coronavirus-affected state in the country, has 36 districts. There is no active COVID-19 case in Nandurbar district as of now, while Dhule, Washim, Yavatmal, Bhandara, Wardha, and Gondia districts have less than 10 coronavirus patients under treatment, said an official.
Districts such as Parbhani, Hingoli, Nanded, Amravati, Akola, Buldana, Chandrapur, and Gadchiroli have less than 100 active cases of infection. Seven districts -- Satara, Sangli, Ahmednagar, Pune, Osmanabad, Solapur, and Sindhudurg -- have a higher number of COVID-19 cases than others and account for most of the infections in the state, he said.
The state's weekly COVID-19 positivity rate was 2.44 percent, the official said. In the last few days, the coronavirus growth rate in Ratnagiri and Kolhapur districts was showing a worrying trend, but now it has come down even below 2.44 percent, he said.
Commenting on vaccination, the official said, As many as 5.07 crore people have received at least the first dose of the vaccine. More than 50 percent of the population above 45 has been inoculated with at least one dose. The vaccination percentage for the 18-44 age group was 25 percent, while 1.33 crore people in Maharashtra have been fully vaccinated so far, which is a record at the national level, he said.
The state saw vaccination of 9.64 lakh people on August 14, which was a record in itself, he added. As part of the state government's efforts to revive and support economic activities, several relaxations have been granted, but with COVID-19 protocols, he said.
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