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COVID-19: Maharashtra cumulative vaccination tally crosses 4.12 crore

11:16 AM Jul 25, 2021 | Sanjay Jog

In the ongoing vaccination drive, Maharashtra on July 24 has vaccinated 3,40,869 people through 2,229 centres.

According to data released by the government, Maharashtra, as of 7 am on July 25, inoculated 4,12,01,026 people.

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As per the state government data, 1,03,62,470 individuals aged between 18 and 44 years received their first vaccine dose and 4,53,007 received their second dose since the inoculation drive for this age group began on May 1.

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So far, 12,85,392 health care workers have been administered the first dose of the vaccine, while 8,96,476 of them have got their second dose.

Similarly, 21,13,419 frontline workers in the state have till now received their first vaccine dose and of them, 11,05,316 got their second dose.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government is considering granting exemptions from coronavirus-induced restrictions to the fully-vaccinated people, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said on Saturday.

Speaking to reporters, Pawar also said the government was mulling an extension of the timings of shops and restaurants from the current deadline of 4 pm. He said a decision on granting relaxations on the weekends is likely next week.

"The state is thinking of granting relaxations to those people who have got both doses of COVID-19 vaccine. This will encourage citizens to get inoculated," he said.

Pawar said demands are raised to extend the timings of shops and restaurants from 4 pm to 7 pm.

"We are thinking of extending the timing for shops and restaurants but the final decision will be taken by the CM. We are meeting with experts on Monday after which a decision will be taken on relaxations on weekends," the deputy CM said.

He said the government was aiming to vaccinate more people compared to the previous month.

Pawar said the state government was taking various measures like augmenting the medical infrastructure anticipating a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

"There are reports about the possibility of a third wave. Based on reports of the high occupancy of beds in hospitals, oxygen beds, ventilator beds and the demand for medical oxygen and other facilities in the first and second waves, we are preparing to brace for a possible third wave of the pandemic in the Pune district," he said.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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