Maharashtra News: For the second day in a row, Maharashtra recorded cases less than 30,000 i. e 29,644 positive cases and 555 deaths taking its total positive and death numbers to 55,27,092 and 86,618 respectively. As compared to the number previous day, the state recorded 267 cases less.
The number of patients recovered on Friday was at 44,493, taking the total recovered patients to 50,70,801. The number of active cases in the state is also below four lakhs at 3,67,121. Mumbai city also registered very low cases, at only 1,416 cases and 54 deaths.
On the other hand, speaking to reporters on the status of newly incoming Black Fungus infections in Maharashtra, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar stated that there are currently 300 COVID-19 patients with the infection. Shortages of anti-fungal injection doses Amphotericin B exist on the other hand. As each patient requires six doses of injection per day, 1,800 doses are required everyday to treat the patients. And, unfortunately supply does not meet the demand yet.
As state government approached pharmaceutical companies for procuring the doses, it was in turn informed that the drugs are in control of Union Government. Although there is a declining trend in daily COVID-19 cases in the district and an increasing trend in recoveries, the increasing number of positive cases in rural areas is becoming a cause of concern.
When asked about the procurement of vaccines, Pawar said “The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued a global tender. During our consultation with Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech, they told us that they will ramp up the production in the near future.”
Pawar also said that decision has been taken to increase oxygen production by 3,000 metric tons in the state and further incentives will be provided to industries those who choose to set up oxygen plants remote places.