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Puducherry logged 55% of all Covid deaths this April & May | Puducherry News – Times of India


PUDUCHERRY: The second wave of Covid-19 infection in April-May has accounted for 55% of the total deaths in the Union territory of Puducherry since the outbreak of the infection in March 2020.
The April-May period accounted for 835 deaths — May had 713 deaths for an average of 23 per day or roughly one death an hour — compared to 683 from March 2020 to March 2021.
Six days in May reported 30 or more deaths while 16 days reported 20 or more deaths, with highest (34) on May 23 and the lowest (12) on May1.
In April, when there were 122 deaths, six days had 10 or more deaths. There were 9 deaths on April 24. There were no deaths on five days.
“Fatality rate of infection cannot be studied alone. We must see the ratio of the number of cases and the number of fatalities. The rate of incidence of infection was high in a short time during the second wave and as a result the number of sick patients was high,” said Jipmer professor (pathology) N G Rajesh.
In the 24 hours ending at 10am on Sunday, 930 fresh cases were reported even as 1,895 patients recovered reducing the number of active cases to12,167. Of them, 10,532 patients are under home isolation.
The headquarters, which had the most fresh cases (743) on Sunday followed by Karaikal (143), Yanam (24) and Mahe (20), also has the most active cases (9,624) followed by Karaikal (1,869), Yanam (425) and Mahe (249).
Twenty-one patients died on Sunday taking the death toll to 1,518.
The territory has so far reported 1.03 lakh cases of which 90,141 patients recovered. So far, 2.6 lakh people (including the second dose) have been vaccinated.
“It is now important for us to face and prepare for the third wave. Eligible beneficiaries must get vaccinated without any apprehension. This is the most important protection we have against subsequent waves of Covid infection,” said professor Rajesh.

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