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 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.
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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the focus must be on repairing and preparing the health infrastructure as well as the economy for future challenges. With most states recording a drop in Covid cases and deaths, restrictions put in place to break the chain of transmission are being gradually lifted. Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan tweeted Wednesday that The decision to increase the gap between two doses of the Covishield vaccine was transparent and based on scientific data.
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Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan tweeted Wednesday that The decision to increase the gap between two doses of the Covishield vaccine was transparent and based on scientific data. He wrote, 'The decision to increase the gap between administering two doses of Covishield has been taken in a transparent manner based on scientific data. India has a robust mechanism to evaluate data. It is unfortunate that such an important issue is being politicised!"
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