Fifteen districts in Maharashtra – the worst-affected state with round 6.6 lakh lively instances – are exhibiting a decline in coronavirus caseloads, Well being Minister Rajesh Tope stated Tuesday night.
The districts reporting a drop in instances are Mumbai, Aurangabad, Thane, Nashik, Raigad, Nagpur, Latur, Amravati, Nanded, Dhule, Bhandara, Nandurbar, Osmanabad, Chandrapur and Gondia.
Mr Tope additionally stated round 18.5 lakh vaccine doses – 13.58 lakh of Covishield and 4.89 lakh of Covaxin – had been ordered, because the state steps up vaccination of individuals within the 18-44 age group.
Round 9 lakh extra doses have been obtained for individuals over 45, he added. Until Monday there have been solely 25,000 doses left for this group, forcing the vaccination drive to cease in some locations.
The Well being Minister additionally spoke in regards to the availability of Russia’s Covid vaccine – Sputnik V, which was cleared for emergency use in India in early April. The primary batch – 1.5 lakh doses – arrived in Hyderabad on Saturday, and native manufacturing will start “quickly”, the Russian envoy stated.
Mr Tope stated the Russian vaccine could be out there as soon as pricing was confirmed; final month it was urged one dose might value round $10, or round Rs 750.
He additionally mentioned plans to extend (and maintain) provide of oxygen – a vital difficulty within the second Covid wave – and the provision of medicines used to deal with COVID-19, equivalent to Remdesivir.
Mr Tope stated a worldwide tender floated final week for the procurement of 10 lakh vials of Remdesivir, 40,000 oxygen concentrators, and 25,000 metric tonnes of oxygen, amongst different life-saving medical sources, was getting a superb response.
On the district degree, he added, 150 oxygen technology crops could be established. The goal, Mr Tope stated, is to make sure that each district is self-reliant in relation to oxygen provide.
9 of 10 PSA (stress swing adsorption) oxygen crops had been accomplished, he added.
Maharashtra has reported a gentle (and welcome) drop in day by day Covid instances over the previous few days – from a report excessive of round 67,500 instances on April 22 to 51,880 on Tuesday.
State capital Mumbai – as soon as the worst-affected metropolis within the nation – reported 2,554 new Covid instances in 24 hours – the bottom day by day complete since March 17.
Nonetheless, this was on the again of a pointy drop in day by day Covid exams.
Nonetheless, the downward development in districts like Pune, Nagpur and Thane – amongst these reporting probably the most day by day new instances within the second wave – will even come as a reduction for the state authorities.
This morning India reported over 3.5 lakh new Covid instances in 24 hours to take the lively caseload to just about 33.5 lakh. The nation has now recorded over two crore COVID-19 instances.