Vaccination Is Best Shield Against Potential Fourth Wave Of COVID-19: Rajesh Tope

These statements by Health Minister Rajesh Tope came at a time when there is rise in the daily infection rate of coronavirus and is expected to surge again in June and July.

Vaccination Is Best Shield Against Potential Fourth Wave Of COVID-19: Rajesh Tope

Amid rising cases across Maharashtra and anticipated fourth wave, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Monday, May 10, warned that there are very high chances that daily infection rate of coronavirus will once again surge in June and July.

Owing to this, Tope also hinted at making face masks mandatory for people in the public places again, which is voluntary at present. He said that the state government will soon make a decision on the same.

He further mentioned the best way to cope up with it is to speed up the vaccination drive against the infection. This also comes at a time when Omicron BA.2 has become dominant across the world and BA.4 and BA.5 are leading another surge in South Africa.

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Meanwhile, on Tuesday, May 11, Maharashtra reported 223 new cases, including 122 from Mumbai. However, in a relief, Mumbai recorded zero deaths.

The active cases have now reached 1,403 with Mumbai leading with 844 cases, followed by Pune at 292 and Thane with 153.

Additionally, the state government has instructed the district administration to keep a strict vigil on the situation and improve the vaccination rate, Tope added.

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He said the precaution dose was being given to frontline and health workers and the state government had sought financial aid from the Centre to administer it to other segments as well.

Moreover, Tope had also assured that they are continuously monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the state and this time, they are more inclined towards vaccinating the children. Nearly two months after the COVID-19 vaccination drive was expanded to include the 12-14 age group, only one-third of the eligible population in Mumbai have taken their first dose.

Moreover, the BMC will soon resume the inoculation drive for children between 6-12 years of age.

Similarly, Maharashtra chief minister, Uddhav Thackeray, earlier last week urged citizens to wear face masks when outdoors. He believes that requisite precautions were necessary to curtail a possible fourth wave of COVID-19.

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