Even as Maharashtra on Friday became the first Indian state to administer the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine to more than 30 million citizens, Chief Minister (CM) Uddhav Thackeray called on authorities to prepare thoroughly for a possible third wave.
As of Friday, 616,476 people were vaccinated in the state, bringing the total number of beneficiaries who received the first dose to 30,047,487. The number of people fully vaccinated stands at 8,837,859.
“We are also leading in terms of people fully vaccinated. If the Center gives us more doses, we will soon reach the milestone of 10 million fully vaccinated people, ”said State Health Minister Rajesh Tope.
During the meeting, Thackeray called on commissioners and collectors in various neighborhoods to ensure that economic activities do not suffer during the third wave. “The authorities must plan and ensure that economic activities do not encounter any obstacles during the third wave. They must take action so that the third wave does not occur and even if it does, action must be taken to ensure that the business cycle is not disrupted and the livelihoods of citizens. are protected, ”Thackeray said.
CM called on authorities to prevent overcrowding of people, increase testing facilities and target people gathering at tourist sites. He also warned that the second wave was still not over and that this period should be used to take action to prevent the third wave. He said that although new cases of Covid-19 have declined statewide, some districts continue to see an increase in infections.
Amid the vaccine shortage, the Delta Plus mutant and the looming third wave, Thackeray said officials should take steps like declaring high-case areas as containment areas, isolating patients and insisting on behavior. suitable for Covid.
According to Dr Wiqar Shaikh, professor of medicine at Grant Medical College and Sir JJ Hospital, the third wave is inevitable. “The history of any pandemic – measles, plague, influenza and cholera – shows that it has seen multiple waves and has abated over time. The focus should now be on micro-containment where, if a higher number of cases are detected in a locality, it must be strictly locked down and patients must be treated, ”Dr Shaikh said.
Meanwhile, on Friday, Mumbai reported 443 new cases and 11 deaths.
The total number of Covid-19 cases in the state has now reached 6,197,018, of which Mumbai’s share is 730,234. The total number of deaths in the state has reached 126,727, with Pune recording most of the deaths at 17,609, followed by Mumbai (15,678) and Thane (10,627).
As of Friday, 215,406 were made in the state and 13,452 recoveries were recorded.
Active patients in Maharashtra currently stand at 101,337, with Pune leading with 17,097 cases, followed by Thane (15,826) and Mumbai (10,913).