Over 6k people get the jab in state; City sees spurt in Covid cases

In a new record, the state has administered 6,02,163 vaccine doses on Wednesday. This is its highest number of doses recorded in a day.
On Tuesday, as many as 5,52,909 received the jab. “We have improved our performance as compared to Tuesday. We have administered the highest number of Covid vaccine doses in a single day. Till 7pm on Wednesday, over 6,00,000 doses were administered. We plan to increase this,” said Dr. Pradip Vyas, additional chief secretary, public health department.
However, it’s not been a good day for Mumbai as the city witnessed a sudden spurt in the daily Covid cases on Wednesday. As many as 863 new infections and 23 fatalities were reported in the last 24 hours. With this, the total count stands at 7,23,324 and the number of deaths are 15,338.
The doubling rate for the last nine days is between 734 and 727 days, while the weekly growth rate is around 0.10%.
Meanwhile, there was rise in Covid cases across the state as well on Wednesday, with 10,066 new infections being reported and 163 deaths in the last 24 hours. With this, the total cases in the state is 59,97,587. As many as 1,19,303 fatalities have been reported. Moreover the fatalities rate has touched to 2%.
Dr Subhash Salunke, advisor to the state on Covid management, attributed the fall in cases to the reduction in daily Covid count. “The lockdown as well as other factors such as ramping up of tests and regular supply of medicines ensured drop in cases. In areas like Kolhapur, the virus came much late. Hence, active cases there will drop in the next 15 days,” he said.
Ever since lockdown relaxations have been implemented, the state witnessed overcrowding in many places.
“As unlocking will be gradual, we want more people to get at least their first vaccine shot. Many options are being looked into. Travel of people will continue to be regulated and work from home will be encouraged,” said a senior health official.

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