CM Uddhav Thackeray said the state needs to become self- sufficient in oxygen production to beat the second wave of COVID-19.
The social justice minister contended that media persons have been risking their lives while reporting about the present situation and spreading awareness among people.
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The bench also noted the petitioner had not produced any documentary evidence to show that staff of nationalised banks is permitted to use local trains and dismissed the plea.
More than 1.30 lakh minors in the state have been infected by coronavirus during the second wave which began around February 15, as per official data.
CM Uddhav said the people of the state, where lockdown-like curbs are in place to stem the infection spread, should not become complacent just because there is a downward trend in coronavirus cases.
Maharashtra's COVID-19 recovery rate currently stood at 85.32 per cent, while the fatality rate was 1.49 per cent, he said.
In the last 24 hours, only 23,542 COVID-19 tests were conducted in the city, taking the number of samples examined so far to 55,13,783, the data showed.
With 567 more patients succumbing to the viral infection, the overall toll mounted to 70,851, the Maharashtra health department said.
Maharashtra is left with 6,68,353 active cases after 51,356 patients were discharged during the day, taking the count of recoveries in the state to 39,81,658 so far, the department said in a release.
CM Uddhav Thackeray said there is a shortage of medical oxygen and the Centre should help supply it for coronavirus patients in the state by using Air Force planes.
While the Centre charged the MVA government of 'vaccine mismanagement', the state ministers countered the criticism by 'exposing' the Centre’s claims.
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said the state government was concerned over the spike in cases and need hand-holding by the Centre.
Ex-Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis said that the state government should pay attention to the availability of remdesivir, as instances of black marketing had been reported last year.
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Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan refuted the state government's claims, terming them as 'utterly baseless' and blamed the latter for its failure to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.
Violation of norms will result in the shutting down of the establishment as long as the Central government's notification of the COVID-19 pandemic as a 'disaster' is in force.