Pune: High rise in COVID-19 cases in Pune district of Maharashtra since the last few weeks can be attributed to the use of rapid antigen detection tests, district officials said on Saturday.
The single-day rise in Pune on Friday was more than the number of cases reported in Mumbai.
According to report published by district health official, the case recovery rate has gone up to 65 per cent while the mortality rate has fallen to 2.65 per cent. Therefore, Pune has emerged as a new urban COVID-19 hotspot like Hyderabad and Bengaluru.
As per the civic officials the surge in number of patients can be attributed to rapid antigen tests being conducted by various laboratories. The Pune civic body had decided to conduct the rapid antigen detection tests for diagnosis of COVID-19 earlier this month, with an objective to reduce burden on labs.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Pune city reached 34,040 after 1,705 people were detected with the infection on July 17.