More than 20 million vaccine doses have been administered since the programme began on January 16 with 7.6 lakh senior citizens and 1.4 lakh persons above 45 and with comorbidities, getting their first dose on Saturday.
New coronavirus infections reported on Saturday crossed 18,000, for the first time since January.
Last week, a Health Ministry team had visited Maharashtra and reported that among the possible reasons for the growing number of cases in the city were — COVID inappropriate behaviour due to “lack of fear of disease,” pandemic fatigue, missed cases, super spreading events and crowds due to recent gram panchayat elections, marriages, re-opening of schools, and crowded public transport.
However, the report stressed that the situation in Maharashtra was not unique and a similar combination of events was responsible for a surge in other States too.
News Source: The Hindu