Both the houses of the Maharashtra legislature on Tuesday passed unanimous resolutions asking the Centre to provide a minimum of three crore COVID-19 vaccine doses per month to the state so that a third wave of the pandemic can be avoided and economic activities revived.
Speaking in the Legislative Assembly, Health Minister Rajesh Tope, who moved the resolutions in both houses, said the state machinery can vaccinate 10 lakh people per day provided doses were available.
'With this number, we can vaccinate three crore people in the next two months. Expediting vaccination drive is necessary for the economic revival as well,' he said.
As per the resolution, the Union government has so far provided 2,84,39,060 doses and the state has purchased another 25,10,730, while 3,43,82,583 persons have received the jab in the state till now which is the highest in the country.
The Assam government on Tuesday announced a complete lockdown in seven districts of the state from July 7 until further notice.
The seven districts include Goalpara, Golaghat, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Biswanath and Morigaon.
According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority, commercial establishments like restaurants, shops and showrooms shall remain shut in seven districts. A total ban has been put on public and private transports. The Inter-state movement will remain suspended in the seven districts. However, the movement of goods is allowed.
India reported 34,703 new coronavirus cases, 51,864 recoveries, and 553 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday. Months after witnessing a rise in COVID-19 cases, Andaman and Nicobar Islands did not record a single fresh infection in the last 24 hours.
The West Bengal government on Monday started the Covid-19 vaccination on boat programme in an island of Sundarbans and inoculated 150 people, most of whom are migrant labourers, South 24 Parganas District Magistrate P Ulganathan said.
A boat carrying health officials reached Kumirmari island for the programme and it will be stationed there for five more days, he said.
'Vaccination coverage in islands is very less. A large number of labourers are left out of the vaccination scheme due to inaccessibility and difficulties in reaching out to them.
This programme ensures inoculation at their doorstep to protect vulnerable sections,' Ulganathan said.
Three more boats have been arranged for covering islands like Mousuni, Goramara and G Plot.
Soon all the islands will be covered, he said adding that sufficient vaccine doses have been made available for the programme.
According to the Sundarban Affairs Department of the state government, the area has 54 small and big islands.