Patients at a COVID-19 care center in Shegaon of Maharashtra’s Buldhana district on Friday staged a protest allegedly for the delay in getting their lunch.
The delay took place due to an issue with the contractor’s gas cylinder, according to Additional District Collector Dinesh Gite.
“I have been told that the contractor’s gas cylinder was not working, hence there was the delay. But we are doing a thorough inquiry,” Gite said.
The coronavirus infections continue to increase in the country with the daily new case recorded at nearly 25,000 on Friday, and India’s active cases crossed the 2-lakh mark after 53 days.
The active cases have increased by nearly 48%, hitting a low 1.35 lakh exactly a month ago. Since then, the active caseload has increased in 21 out of 36 states/Union Territories, with 10 showing higher growth than the national average.
As many as 15,817 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Maharashtra in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of active cases to 1,10,485. The death toll currently stands at 52,723, including 56 in the last 24 hours. A total of 22,82,191 positive cases and 21,17,744 recoveries have been reported so far.
The caseload in the state rose to 22,82,191, while the death toll reached 52,723 with 56 new fatalities.
But a fresh surge in cases began last month and the state recorded 13,659 and 14,317 cases on Wednesday and Thursday.
As many as 11,344 patients were discharged from hospitals on Friday, taking the total of recoveries to 21,17,744
The state had earlier reported more than 15,000 cases on October 2 last year, after which new cases had declined.
Meanwhile, the cumulative number of COVID19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 2.80 Crore on Friday, according to official reports.
The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on 16th Jan 2021 and vaccination of the Frontline Workers (FLWs) started from 2nd Feb 2021. The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination has commenced from 1st March 2021 for those who are over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.
A total of 2,80,05,817vaccine doses have been given, as per the provisional report of the Union Health Ministry till 8 pm on Friday.
These include 72,84,406HCWs who have taken the 1st dose and 41,76,446HCWs who have taken the 2nd dose, 72,15,815FLWs (1stdose), 9,28,751FLWs (2nd dose), 71,69,695 beneficiaries more than 60 years old, and 12,30,704beneficiaries aged 45 and above with specific co-morbidities.