Fifteen districts in Maharashtra – the worst-affected state with round 6.6 lakh lively circumstances – are displaying a decline in coronavirus caseloads, Well being Minister Rajesh Tope mentioned Tuesday night.
The districts reporting a drop in circumstances are Mumbai, Aurangabad, Thane, Nashik, Raigad, Nagpur, Latur, Amravati, Nanded, Dhule, Bhandara, Nandurbar, Osmanabad, Chandrapur and Gondia.
Mr Tope additionally mentioned 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 acquired for folks 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 concerning the availability of Russia’s Covid vaccine – Sputnik V, which was cleared for emergency use in India in early April. The first batch – 1.5 lakh doses – arrived in Hyderabad on Saturday, and native manufacturing will start “soon”, the Russian envoy mentioned.
Mr Tope mentioned the Russian vaccine can be obtainable as soon as pricing was confirmed; final month it was steered one dose may value round $10, or round Rs 750.
He additionally mentioned plans to extend (and maintain) provide of oxygen – a important subject within the second Covid wave – and the availability of medicines used to deal with COVID-19, resembling Remdesivir.
Mr Tope mentioned 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 response.
On the district degree, he added, 150 oxygen technology vegetation can be established. The purpose, Mr Tope mentioned, is to make sure that each district is self-reliant in relation to oxygen provide.
9 of 10 PSA (strain swing adsorption) oxygen vegetation had been accomplished, he added.
Maharashtra has reported a gentle (and welcome) drop in each day Covid circumstances over the previous few days – from a file excessive of round 67,500 circumstances on April 22 to fewer than 49,000 on Monday.
It was the primary time in 30 days that the state reported fewer than 50,000 new circumstances in 24 hours.
Additionally on Monday, state capital Mumbai – as soon as the worst-affected metropolis within the nation – reported fewer than 2,700 new Covid circumstances in 24 hours – the least in sooner or later for over 5 weeks.
Nonetheless, this was on the again of a pointy drop in each day Covid assessments.
However, the downward pattern in districts like Pune, Nagpur and Thane – amongst these reporting essentially the most each day new circumstances within the second wave – may also come as a reduction for the state authorities.
This morning India reported over 3.5 lakh new Covid circumstances in 24 hours to take the lively caseload to almost 33.5 lakh. The nation has now recorded over two crore COVID-19 circumstances.
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