Maharashtra crosses Covid 9-cr vaccinations, Mumbai and Pune together account for 46% of active infections
Maharashtra on Wednesday crossed the 9 crore milestone of vaccination doses against Covid, of which nearly 3 crore of beneficiaries are fully vaccinated. “We have fully vaccinated a population of 2.76 crore, which is the highest of any state in the country,” Dr Pradeep Vyas, Additional Chief Secretary (Health), Maharashtra, told The Indian Express.
Overall, 6.23 crore of beneficiaries in the state were vaccinated with a single dose. Mumbai and Pune have administered vaccine doses of 1.38 crore and 1.13 crore, respectively, to date. Of these, 49.8 lakhs are fully vaccinated in Mumbai, while 38.4 lakhs received both doses in Pune district.
Thane has administered over 75 lakh doses, of which more than 24 lakh recipients are fully vaccinated. Nashik and Nagpur also administered over
40 lakh vaccine doses till date. Statewide, a special vaccination campaign – “Mission Kavach Kundal” – is underway until October 14 to reach the maximum number of beneficiaries who have not yet received the first dose of the vaccine.
Meanwhile, a health ministry report noted that Pune and Mumbai together accounted for 46% of active infections in the state. According to the report, as of October 12, there were 30,525 active cases of Covid-19 in Maharashtra, of which 26.9% of patients (8,206) were in Pune district while 19.6% (5 985) came from Mumbai. Ahmednagar (3,791), Thane (3,784) and Satara (1,638) are the remainder of the five districts with a high number of cases.
The state’s weekly epidemiological report also indicated that Mumbai is among nine districts that have recorded an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases per 10 lakh of residents.
According to the report, Mumbai, Palghar, Nanded, Jalna, Latur, Akola, Bhandara, Hingoli and Gondia are among the nine districts which recorded a slight increase in the number of Covid infections per 10 lakh of inhabitants. “The increase is small,” state oversight officer Dr Pradeep Awate told The Indian Express.
Overall, the state has seen a drop in the number of cases per 10 lakh of residents. For example, in the week of September 29 to October 5, the number was 151 cases per 10 lakh of residents, which fell to 132 cases in Maharashtra last week. However, in Mumbai there has been a slight increase. Against 243 cases for 10 lakh of inhabitants in the week of September 29 to October 5, the number rose to 261.
According to data from the past seven days, Mumbai has reported 3,380 cases of Covid-19, up from 3,148 cases in the week of September 29 to October 5. Pune reported 3,509 cases of Covid-19 last week compared to 3,925 in the week of September 29 to October 5. But the state’s positivity rate for Covid in the week of October 6 to 12 fell to 2.03%. Eight districts in the state, including Sindhudurg (6.9%), Pune (3.69%) and Nashik (3.4%), still have a weekly positivity rate above the state average.