Officials have been asked to promptly set up their oxygen plants and ensure a sufficient supply of medicines, ahead of another peak.
The daily surge of COVID-19 in Mumbai has been neutralised and arrested to an effective extent by the means of strict curfew restrictions. In the last 24 hours, about 4,174 new cases were reported here and recoveries logged in a higher tally, at 4,790, bringing some respite from the pandemic horror. As of now, the total aggregate load stands at 6,55,583 in Mumbai out of which, around 5,62,738 have recovered. The active cases, on the other hand, stand at 67,255 as per the reports of the Health Department.
At the state level, around 66,159 cases were detected on Thursday, pushing the aggregate count to tick up to 45,39,553 confirmed infections. Owing to its 83.7% recovery, Maharashtra is currently nursing 6,70,301 (14.8%) active cases. The death toll stands at 67,985 fatalities.
Planning to ensure preparedness in case of a 'third wave' of infection
The Maharashtra CM has emphasised that though the coronavirus infection and transmission rates have been stabilised across Mumbai and other districts, the state needs to begin planning to ensure preparedness in case of a 'third wave' of infection. For this, officials have been asked to promptly set up their oxygen plants and ensure a sufficient supply of medicines, ahead of another peak. The CM also stated that the planning should not only be declared but also need to be implemented, with urgency and precision.
Meanwhile, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation announced on Thursday, that it will suspend the underway COVID vaccination programme in Mumbai for 3 days, from April 30 to May 2, due to the unavailability of stocks. All private, government and MCGM run COVID vaccine centres (CVCs) across the metropolis have been directed to halt vaccine-related activities for the said period. The phase 3 vaccinations for people aged over 18 years, which was slated to begin on May 1, has also been delayed here owing to this shortage.
In a tweet, the BMC stated, ''Owing to non-availability of vaccine stock, no vaccination will be conducted at any Govt/BMC/Pvt CVC for the next 3 days (30 Apr-2 May). All efforts are being made to make more stock available & resume the drive. We urge Mumbaikars to cooperate with BMC''.