Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on April 28 said the state cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, has approved around Rs 6,500 crore to provide free vaccination for people between 18-44 years in the state.
Tope explained that the state has nearly 5.71 crore people in the above mentioned age group and thus the state would require 12 crore doses for their vaccination.
The third phase of vaccination, covering people aged 18-44 years, will start from May 01 even as several states have expressed concerns over availability of vaccines.
Speaking on COVID-19 situation in Maharashtra, State Health Minister Rajesh Tope on May 04 said, "Few centres were closed yesterday due to doses' shortage. Got 9 lakh vials today, to last for 2-3 days. 1 lakh inoculated so far in 18-44 age groups. Order placed for 18.5 lakh vaccines (Covishield and Covaxin).
Covid lockdown is likely to be extended in Maharashtra for another 15 days until May 15. Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that the state Cabinet has taken an in-principle decision in this regard. "Covid-19 situation seems to have stabilised to some extent in the state. Today, the number (of daily cases) is 60,000-plus, there is some stability. We had earlier predicted that (daily) cases may go beyond 70,000. The issue of extending lockdown was discussed at the state Cabinet meeting. All ministers unanimously said it should be extended to break transmission chain. The lockdown across Maharashtra is likely to be extended by 15 days," He said. The strict curbs on people's movement and other activities are in force since April 14. Essential services have been exempted from the curbs that were to end on April 30.
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Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on April 28 said that the state-wide lockdown, which is in place till April 30 to control the rapid rise in coronavirus cases, will "surely be extended" for at least 15 more days. Tope said although the cases have stabilised to around 60,000-mark, the daily infections are still high to let the guard down. The state Health Minister further said if the people follow COVID appropriate behaviour, Maharashtra can win the battle against coronavirus.
India has hit a record daily high with over 4 lakh new covid cases in the last 24 hours. The country has seen the passing of many imminent personalities in the last 2 days. In a conversation with the Indian Express, the chief medical advisor to the US Biden Administration, Anthony Fauci stressed that India should be put under complete lockdown to control the tsunami of covid cases. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray reckoned that the state might not reach that stage.
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