Mumbai may be gaining the upper hand in COVID-19 fight: Expert
Mumbai may have turned the corner in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic as only 3,792 cases were reported on Monday despite 41,000 tests being conducted to detect the infection, a senior health expert said. Dr Shashank Joshi, a member of the Maharashtra government's COVID-19 task force and a renowned endocrinologist, said the turnaround was due to the metropolis tacking the surge with the "ATM strategy", which is 'Assess, Triage and Transfer, and Management'. (PTI)
Maha government confused over vaccination drive: Fadnavis
Senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government is completely confused about the upcoming vaccination drive, a day after state minister Nawab Malik announced that COVID-19 vaccine will be made available free for people in the age group of 18 to 45 years. (PTI)
COVID-19: For 1st time, over 5 lakh people vaccinated in Maharashtra
More than five lakh people were vaccinated against COVID-19 in Maharashtra on Monday, the highest in a day so far, the state health department said.
A statement issued by the department said the number is expected to rise further when the final figures come.
"Till 6 pm on April 26, more than five lakh people had been administered vaccine doses," the statement said. With this, the number of people vaccinated so far in the state (first and second doses combined) stood at more than 1.48 crore, it said. Vaccine doses were given to beneficiaries at 6,155 centres - 5,347 government-run and 808 private ones - across the state, it said. (PTI)
Daily recoveries more than new COVID-19 cases in Pune district
In the last two days, the number of recovered COVID-19 patients has been higher than the new infections in Pune district of Maharashtra, the health department said on Monday.
As per the district administration's health department, while 6,046 new cases were reported on Monday, the lowest in the last several days, 8,823 people recovered from the infection during the day. This pushed the COVID-19 recovery rate in Pune district to 86.10 per cent, it said.
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Thane's COVID-19 count rises by 3,102, death toll by 58
Thane has recorded 3,102 new cases of coronavirus, taking the infection count in the Maharashtra district to 4,53,689, an official said on Tuesday.
Besides these new cases reported on Monday, the virus also claimed the lives of 58 people, pushing the death toll in the district to 7,336, he said. The COVID-19 mortality rate in Thane stood at 1.62 per cent, he added.
Bodies of 22 COVID-19 victims stuffed in one ambulance
The bodies of 22 COVID-19 victims were stuffed in one ambulance while being taken to a crematorium at Beed in Maharashtra, with the district administration citing lack of medical transport vehicles as the reason for it.
The incident took place on Sunday when the bodies, kept in the mortuary of the Swami Ramanand Teerth Rural Government Medical College at Ambajogai in Beed, were being transported for the last rites.
"This happened because the hospital administration does not have enough ambulances," the medical college's Dean, Dr Shivaji Sukre, told PTI on Tuesday.