Covid-19 second wave: Maharashtra tops in covid cases list; bed shortage in Nagpur, Mumbai, Pune
On Wednesday, the state had recorded the highest daily count of 59,907 cases and 322 fatalities.
Maharashtra reported 56,286 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, which took its caseload to 32,29,547, while 376 deaths due to the infection pushed the toll to 57,028, the health department said. On Wednesday, the state had recorded the highest daily count of 59,907 cases and 322 fatalities.
Maharashtra is among the fastest-growing states in the country in terms of caseload.
No stock, many Mumbai vaccination centres shut down, more to follow today
With Covid-19 vaccine stock over, at least 25 of 120 private vaccination centres in Mumbai were shut on Thursday. By Friday, the numbers will double and from Saturday, Mumbai will be forced to completely stop vaccinations if stocks are not replenished, said officials, adding that the city is left with less than a lakh doses. Hospitals like Fortis, SL Raheja, Breach Candy, SRCC, Parsee General and Holy Family hospital turned away eligible beneficiaries on Thursday.
Maharashtra faces bed shortage, Nagpur worst affected
An analysis of bed availability in eight cities shows that vacancy for oxygen, ventilator and ICU beds is only between 3 to 18 per cent. Nagpur is the worst affected. On Thursday, it had only three ventilator beds left.
Even though municipal corporations are working overtime to increase bed capacity in these cities, the rising case load make patients face an uphill task in accessing beds for treatment. Mumbai on Thursday had 16.9 per cent oxygen, ICU and ventilators available, down from 17.9 per cent. Pune's bed vacancy dipped from 14.3 to 13.3 per cent and Nashik saw steepest drop in a day, from 20 to 18.2 per cent.
Uddhav to PM: Urge leaders not to play politics in Covid fight
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address all political leaders and instruct them not to play politics in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, said a statement issued by his office. Thackeray's request to Modi came a day after Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan lashed out at Maharashtra and some other states, accusing them of "trying to divert attention from their poor vaccination efforts by just continuously shifting the goalposts".
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