For the second day in a succession, Maharashtra surpassed the 5,000-case milestone, with 5,108 new Covid-19 cases and 159 deaths. There were 398 new cases in Mumbai, with seven deaths.
The state’s Covid-19 tally has now reached 6,442,788, with 136,730 people killed. There are presently 50,393 active cases throughout the state, with Pune leading the way with 13,085 cases, Thane with 7,092, and Satara with 5,381.
To avoid a further increase in Covid cases, the state government is expected to ask the state election commission to postpone the upcoming municipal corporation and district council elections.
State health minister Rajesh Tope said, “The third wave is imminent; hence it would be better if elections are postponed in Maharashtra. Chief minister (Uddhav Thackeray), deputy chief minister (Ajit Pawar) and members of the state task force will explain to the concerned authority why it is necessary to postpone polls in the state.”
“We want the state election commission not to make any announcement before consulting the state government as we all are worried about the anticipated third wave,” said a senior minister on the condition of anonymity.
According to provisional data released on Thursday by the Union Health Ministry, the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine coverage has surpassed the 61 crore mark. According to a statement released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), 61,10,43,573 vaccination doses have been delivered to date.
The total number of samples tested up to August 26th is 51,49,54,309, including 18,24,931 samples tested yesterday, with 44,658 Covid-19 cases reported in India in the last 24 hours.
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