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Maharashtra: Vidarbha becomes the epicentre of the COVID-19 surge in February

a state official said within Marathwada, Aurangabad has seen a jump in active cases. From February 1, when there were 347 cases, the number increased to 2,052 on Friday, February 26. Meanwhile, the experts suggested that the rise in cases could continue.

Maharashtra: Vidarbha becomes the epicentre of the COVID-19 surge in February
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The active coronavirus cases in 28 of the 36 districts in Maharashtra have seen a surge in the last two weeks. Health department data shows active cases continue to go up in newly emerging hotspots in the Vidarbha like Amravati, Akola, Buldhana, Yavatmal and Nagpur. However, districts in Marathwada like Latur, Hingoli, Parbhani and Nanded are also adding large numbers now.

According to the data between February 15 and 21, the highest weekly growth rate, in Vidharbha districts, was reported by Amravati which was 19.4 per cent. While Akola’s weekly growth rate was 10.5 per cent and Buldhana reported a growth rate of 6.1 per cent.

With Vidarbha as the epicentre of the February surge, Nagpur district has the second-highest active cases with 9,141 after Pune, which has 12,577 cases. Nagpur has even pushed Mumbai to third place and Thane district to fourth. Amravati is at the fifth spot.

The incidence in Nagpur is particularly high for its population of 5 million when compared to Mumbai, which has a population of nearly 13 million.

In these five districts, active cases account for nearly 65 per cent of the total cases in the state.

Moreover, a state official said within Marathwada, Aurangabad has seen a jump in active cases. From February 1, when there were 347 cases, the number increased to 2,052 on Friday, February 26.

Meanwhile, the experts suggested that the rise in cases could continue for the next month or two.

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