The Indian state of Maharashtra, where the nation’s highest daily new coronavirus cases are reported, has called on the central government to increase vaccine supply due to a shortage, the country’s health minister said. the state.
“Many vaccination centers have to close because they have not received enough vaccines, people come to the centers but our health workers have to tell them that they have not received the vaccine and must therefore go home. them, “said the Minister of Maharashtra. Health Rajesh Tope told reporters Wednesday.
Tope said he had asked central authorities in India to provide more doses of the Covaxin and Covishield vaccines. “In towns and villages alike, we have created teams… to get all people over 45 to be vaccinated,” he added. “We had rapid mobilization of recipients but did not receive enough vaccines.”
Maharashtra state recorded 55,469 new cases on Tuesday, nearly half of the new cases nationwide, according to the state’s health department. Mumbai, the state capital, recorded 10,030 new cases on Tuesday, according to the city administration.
Mumbai mayor Kishori Pednekar said the shortage comes at a time when confidence in Covid-19 vaccines is growing. “People want to get vaccinated quickly,” she told local media. “We are facing shortages of Covishield and Covaxin, until yesterday we only had 176,000 doses of Covaxin left, at this rate it will become difficult to provide even the second dose of the vaccine to those who have already received the first. “
Maharashtra administered the most doses of the vaccine of any state, with 8,127,248 people receiving the first dose of the vaccine, India’s health ministry said on Tuesday.
The second wave takes hold of the country: India reported more than 115,000 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, the highest total in a day since the start of the pandemic, according to a CNN tally of figures from the Indian Ministry of Health. The country has seen a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases since March.
Several Indian cities and states have reinstated coronavirus restrictions in the second wave. Maharashtra imposed weekend closures and curfews, Delhi Union Territory ordered a nighttime curfew, and in the western state of Gujarat, a nighttime curfew was enforced. place in 20 cities.