COVID-19: Maharashtra continues to top among states with cumulative vaccination of 1.89 crore citizens
COVID-19: Maharashtra continues to top among states with cumulative vaccination of 1.89 crore citizens
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In the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drive, Maharashtra on May 13 crossed the 1.89 crore mark.

As per the data released by the health ministry, Maharashtra, as of 7 am on May 13, inoculated 1,89,66,476 people.

According to data released by the government, the state has administered the second dose of vaccine to 38,11,996 people and the first dose to 1,51,54,480 people.

Maharashtra tops the states with a total of 1,89,66,476 inoculations followed by Rajasthan, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh with 1,46,91,987, 1,45,75,629 and 1,41,41,536 doses respectively.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra witnessed a surge in daily Covid cases on Wednesday, with 46,781 new infections and 816 Covid-19 fatalities being reported in the last 24 hours, pushing its tally to 52,26,710, with 78,007 deaths. The recovery rate of the state has also increased to 88 per cent, with 58,805 patients being recovered in the last 24 hours, taking the total recovery count to 46,00,196.

Health experts and state officials attribute the rise in deaths in the rural and semi-urban areas to higher viral activity in these areas in the second wave and poor health infrastructure.

“Compared to the previous wave, the rural and semi-urban areas saw more viral activity. The local body elections in January, weddings, public gatherings and increased movement of people led to more cases. The public health facilities do not have the quality infrastructure. There aren’t enough private hospitals in rural areas, tier-two cities have them, but they are not as good as Mumbai or Pune,” said a health official.

There has also been a slight rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in Mumbai. There were 2,116 new infections and 66 Covid-19 fatalities on Wednesday, increasing the total count to 6,82,102, with 14,008 deaths till now. The recovery rate has touched 92%, with 6,27,373 patients being recovered and discharged across the city so far.

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