Maharashtra Is The Most Affected State in India of Novel Corona Virus
The number of people affected by Covid-19 in Mumbai is more than any other city of India
By Neeraj Kumar
The Indian state Maharashtra has been achieving ugly landmarks as coronavirus scales new high every passing day. Maharashtra state has been the worst-hit state by this virus in the country. As a matter of fact, the number of affected cases in Mumbai is more than World’s fifth most affected country Peru, as per the numbers shown by the World Health Organisation.
The mortality rate in Maharashtra is at 6.3% which is also over twice the rate of the rest of the country by 2.8%. But the matter of debate here is that why is Maharashtra leading in this race as compared to the rest of the states of India.
Testing Increase Rapidly
This could be one of the main reasons why Udhav Thackeray’s led state has a higher number of cases. Also, it needs to be noted that a higher number of cases don’t imply that this state has the highest rate of coronavirus infection. Basically, the increase in the numbers is due to the fact that since there is rapid and increased testing, more and more cases will be discovered. The other states are as of now testing only the suspected cases while in Maharashtra there is a testing of the disease going on at a very rapid and a much-extended scale. Maharashtra is the only state which has conducted more than 92 tests per million people. Karnataka along with Maharashtra has reported a maximum number of deaths but they have tested more people as well on a per million basis.
Mostly people who died are suffering from other diseases
The highest number of deaths in the state is also due to the fact that people are suffering from other diseases too. This is known as co-morbidity in medical terms. Besides, age, poor hospital conditions, the severity of the disease, etc., could be a reason which contributed to this huge death toll in Maharashtra. As per the report published by the Medical Education and Drugs Department of Maharashtra, the maximum deaths have been of the cases which fall in the age group of 61-90 years. This contributes about 35% of the deaths in the state. All those people who have got other co-occurring conditions are prone to higher risk and complications. For example, if a person is suffering from a respiratory disorder, and gets affected by COVID – 19, he would be at extreme risk of death.
In most cases, patients who have seen to be suffering from COVID are the ones who were admitted to the hospital for some other problem and were later tested positive and in the meanwhile, the virus spread to other people of the hospital or their family or community. This could be due to a number of reasons such as travel history or even no travel history but by simply coming in contact with someone who was infected already. In most cases, the late discovery of the virus leads to a higher number of affected cases and thus a higher number of deaths.