With 227 deaths in the last 24 hours, the death toll due to Covid-19 in Maharashtra reached 54,549 on Wednesday. This was the highest death toll recorded in a single day this year. The state also reported 39,544 new Covid-19 cases. The total caseload of the state is now at 28,12,980.
A day before India open up its Covid-19 vaccination drive to people above 45, the Centre on Wednesday asked states and Union Territories to identify low vaccine-coverage pockets, particularly in districts reporting a surge in new infections, and take corrective action. The status and pace of the inoculation drive across the country were reviewed at the meeting held through video-conferencing, as were the preparations for April 2021, when vaccination would be extended to cover everybody above the age of 45, a statement by the health ministry said.
In other news, former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Devegowda and his wife Chennamma tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday. “My wife Chennamma and I have tested positive for COVID-19. We are self-isolating along with other family members. I request all those who came in contact with us over the last few days to get themselves tested. I request party workers and well-wishers not to panic,” Devegowda said in a tweet.