Yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting on the Covid situation and vaccination as the Centre observed high caseloads in states like Kerala and Maharashtra.
The prime minister underscored the need to rapidly augment the entire ecosystem to ensure increased oxygen availability, including oxygen concentrators, cylinders, and PSA plants.
Around one lakh oxygen concentrators and three lakh oxygen cylinders have been distributed to states, PM Modi said.
Maharashtra reported 4,154 new coronavirus cases, 4,524 recoveries, and 44 deaths in the last 24 hours. The state has 49,812 active Covid-19 cases. Mumbai city witnessed 441 new Covid cases and five deaths in 24 hours.
However, Maharashtra saw a marginal dip in its daily Covid caseload. On Thursday the state had reported 4,219 new Covid-19 cases and 55 deaths.
Maharashtra's biggest festival, Ganpati Mahotsav/Ganesh Utsav began yesterday with less pomp and vigour due to Covid curbs.
Large-scale celebrations have been put to a halt for the second time in a row because of the Covid-19 pandemic. In Mumbai, Section 144 has been imposed till September 19.
Other states have extended Covid-restriction till September 30.
India's southern-most state Kerala has continued to see a spike in its Covid-19 caseload. Yesterday, the state reported 25,010 new Covid cases and 177 deaths. The state's positivity rate stands highest at 16.53% in the country.
As a result, the state's Chief Minister said it would try to complete the first dose of vaccination to all eligible adults by end of September to mitigate virus' transmission.
Till now, 78.03% of the population above 18 years has received the first dose of vaccination in the state.
On the other hand, Covid cases have begun to dwindle in states and Union Territories like Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Tripura, Andaman, Ladakh, Chandigarh, and Dadar.
Delhi witnessed 36 fresh Covid cases and zero deaths in 24 hours. Besides, the Covid pandemic situation is improving in Uttar Pradesh. The Uttar Pradesh government has said that the state's 33 districts have not reported any active Covid-19 cases.
Gujarat reported 21 new cases and no Covid-19 related deaths yesterday.
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