The prediction made by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has proved true about the spread of Covid-19 in monsoon. In just 55 days, the number of Covid-19 patients has doubled in Agra.
While the first 1,000 patients were found in 101 days, this number reached 2,000 in just 55 days. According to the information available with India Today, the first case of Covid-19 infection was found in Agra on March 2, when a footwear exporter’s entire family was found positive for the virus. The exporter had recently returned from Italy.
The cases rose pretty quickly in April and May and the numbers reached 1,008 by the end of May, out of which 840 had recovered and 54 had died. The recovery rate was 84.67 per cent. The next 1,000 cases were found by August 6 but the number of deaths fell slightly to 46 and the recovery rate also fell by 6 per cent.
With the Union Health Ministry approving the use of Ivermectin for all symptomatic patients, the SN Medical College in Agra has started trials of this medicine on patients. A senior doctor told India Today that this medicine will also be given to asymptomatic patients and family members of infected patients. Agra Chief Medical Officer Dr R C Pandey told India Today that this medicine is expected to bring positive results.
Meanwhile, after Agra MLA Yogendra Upadhyay and his family tested positive for Covid-19, Agra MP and former UP Minister Prof. SP Singh Baghel and his wife have also tested positive for the virus.
District Magistrate Prabhu N Singh told India Today that Agra Commissioner Anil Kumar’s parents have tested positive for Covid-19. Apart from them, 8 employees at the Commissioner’s office have also tested positive.
The total number of Covid-19 cases in Agra has reached 2,031 and 1,631 have been discharged after they fully recovered. The death toll from Covd-19 reached 101 in the city.
Explaining the drop in the number of tests from 2,000 to 1,500, the DM said that due to the festival season, people are not coming out of their homes, so the number of tests has dropped. It will be increased soon, although it is still higher than the target of 1,000 antigen tests per day set by the state government.
In the entire Braj region, a total of 142 infected patients were found on Friday and a 62-year-old man died in Mathura from the infection. A trainee IAS and 27 other cases have been found as Covid positive in Firozabad while 22 cases have been detected in Mainpuri. 8 Covid-19 cases have been reported in Firozabad.
Hindustani Biradari Vice-Chairman Vishal Sharma said these high numbers are being reported when Agra is under complete lockdown for two days every weekend. If the markets are opened on weekends, it could result in an even higher number of people getting infected due to the weekend shopping crowds.