Maharashtra lockdown likely to be extended for 15 days, CM to take final call: Rajesh Tope

At Wednesday’s Cupboard assembly, the state well being division and ministers proposed to increase the lockdown in Maharashtra for 15 days, Well being Minister Rajesh Tope mentioned.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will take a closing resolution on the matter, the Maharashtra Well being Minister was quoted as saying by information company ANI.

The Maharashtra authorities first imposed a lockdown on 22 April, which was later prolonged until 15 Could amid fears over the third wave of the pandemic.

Maharashtra reported 46,781 new Covid-19 instances in a day, taking the tally to 52,26,710, whereas 816 extra sufferers succumbed to the an infection, mentioned the state well being division.

The positivity charge has fallen to 17.36% whereas the fatality charge is all the way down to 1.49%, the well being division mentioned.

Covid vaccination drive in Maharashtra

The vaccination drive was suspended in few districts of the state on Wednesday because of the scarcity of coronavirus vaccines.

Well being Minister Tope mentioned that Serum Institute of India chief Adar Poonawalla has promised the state CM to ship 1.5 crore doses of Covishield after 20 Could. “We are going to begin the vaccination for 18-44 age group after we obtain the vaccine,” the Maharashtra minister mentioned.

Earlier on Tuesday, Tope mentioned the state authorities is contemplating to carry the Covid vaccination drive for the 18-44 age group quickly as a result of a scarcity of vaccine doses.

The vaccine doses at the moment obtainable with the state will as an alternative be used to vaccinate folks of 45 years and above as administering the second jab of those folks is a precedence, he mentioned.

In Maharashtra, the third section of the vaccination drive nominally commenced on Could 1 even after a scarcity of vaccine doses with a purpose to mark Maharashtra Day’s celebration. The state authorities has promised to offer free vaccines to these between the age group 18-44 years in order to fight the second wave of Covid-19.

In the meantime, Maharashtra minister Satej Patil has mentioned that the state authorities made most use of know-how to offer reduction to folks throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a launch issued on Nationwide Expertise Day on Tuesday, the state minister for info know-how mentioned because the motion was restricted because of the pandemic, residents have been pressured to make money working from home they usually have been capable of carry out on a regular basis duties with a click on of the button.

“The Maharashtra authorities used know-how to assist residents throughout the pandemic. The federal government made obtainable moveable oxygen containers, whereas state-run helplines are functioning 24/7 and a number of other sufferers acquired assist via social media platforms equivalent to Twitter,” Patil mentioned.

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