Highlights:

  • The Civic body focused its prediction on a “smooth” vaccination drive
  • 2,586 bedridden people have so far been administered both the doses of COVID-19 vaccines in Maharashtra
  • Maharashtra registered 2,692 fresh COVID-19 cases, pushing the state’s total count to 6,559,349

The BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation told Bombay High Court that it does not see the much-feared third wave of COVID-19 hitting the city. The Civic body focused its prediction on a “smooth” vaccination drive, in which more than 42 lakh people have been administered the first dose.

BMC counsel Anil Sakhare noted to the High Court, “This work is on. It is going on smoothly. Now, there is a shortage of vaccines too. Mumbai is safe. We don’t see a third wave (of the COVID-19) coming.” He added that 2,586 bed-ridden people have so far been administered with both the doses of COVID-19 vaccines while 3,942 such people have received the first jab.

The arguments developed during the hearing of a petition seeking a direction to both the Union and Maharashtra government to commence door-to-door vaccination for senior citizens aged 75 and above, differently-abled people, and those who are bed-ridden.

The petition was lodged by advocates Dhruti Kapadia and Kunal Tiwari earlier this year. In August, the Maharashtra government announced that it will introduce the drive and had begun door-to-door vaccination of bed-ridden people as a pilot project.

On Sunday, Maharashtra registered 2,692 fresh COVID-19 cases, pushing the state’s total count to 6,559,349. Meanwhile, the tally of active cases declined to 35,888 as 2,716 recoveries were recorded in the last 24 hours.

The COVID-19 situation in Maharashtra is under control due to the decline of average daily cases for the last few months. In September, the daily average fresh infections reduced to 3,368 cases against 4,944 in August, following 7,737 and 10,542 in July and June respectively. Nevertheless, the officials are still concerned about the impact of the festive season during October and November.

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