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Maharashtra Covid Curve not Flatten despite a decrease in Case: Maharashtra Health Minister

Maharashtra Covid Curve not Flatten despite a decrease in Case: Maharashtra Health Minister

Even with a dip in the number of daily covid cases in the last many days, the Covid-19 curve in Maharashtra is not flattening, said Maharashtra Health minister Rajesh Tope on Wednesday.

However, Tope said a silver lining is that out of the 2.25 lakh active Covid-19 cases, only 14% are under hospitalization.

The Health Minister of Maharashtra said that he doesn't expect the situation to stabilize by January end or by early Feb and urged those who have not undergone vaccination to take jabs, besides masking-up by all.

Covid-19 vaccination and restrictions are essential to arrest the spread of the infection, Tope stressed.

He also highlights that the vaccination rate needs to be Speed up. Tope said he had asked for 50 lakh doses of Covisheild and 40 lakh doses of Covaxin during a meeting with Mansukh Mandaviya Union Health Minister.

Tope said while speaking to reporters.

"The cases have seen a decrease in the last two days, but this does not mean that the curve is flattening once again. There were 46,000 cases on Tuesday. So there is no flattening of the Covid curve," 

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The positivity rate of Maharashtra stands at 21.04 percent, and Mumbai's positivity rate is 27 percent, he said, adding that of the 2.25 lakh active cases, only 0.32 percent - less than a percent - require a ventilator.

The supply of medical oxygen, he said the present demand is around 400 mm tonnes. Out of this, 250 tonnes is for non-COVID patients and the rest for Covid patients.

He said that lockdown would be imposed if the oxygen demand surpasses 800 metric tonnes.

On legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar admitted at the Breach Candy Hospital after testing positive for coronavirus, Tope said the doctors had been instructed to share the accurate time information on the Bharat Ratna recipient's health.

Meanwhile, as many as 481 doctors have tested positive for coronavirus infection in Maharashtra.

Speaking to ANI, Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors President Dr. Avinash Dahiphale said,

"At least 481 resident doctors have tested COVID positive in Maharashtra so far."

Maharashtra on Tuesday reported a total of 34,424 new COVID-19 cases, 18,967 discharges, and 22 fatalities, as per the state health bulletin. Of this, Mumbai recorded 11,647 new cases and two deaths in the past 24 hours, according to a health bulletin released by the BMC yesterday.

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