Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has announced that the state does not require a stricter lockdown as people are following restrictions. Saying that the state has contained the spread of COVID-19, the CM gave credit to strict confinements and the lockdown that is in place so far. He said that they estimated 10 lakh positive active patients, but the number stands at 7 lakh cases.

“We will roll out vaccination for the 18-44 age group starting tomorrow as we get enough doses,” said CM Thackeray. He remarked that the state requires around 12 crore doses and the Centre will be supplying 18 lakh doses in May.

“There are around 6 crore citizens in 18-44 age group in the state. We need around 12 crore doses. We have prepared to buy those doses right away, but there is a supply shortage. We are in talks with SII, Bharat Biotech, and for Sputnik V”, said the Maharashtra CM.

The Chief Minister while addressing the state on April 30 moreover talked about the upcoming Stage 3 of India’s vaccination drive which has been opened up to everybody over 18. Thackeray said that the rollout of inoculation for 18-44 a long time will begin on May 1, as sufficient dosages come.

The CM moreover said that he has requested the Centre to permit states to create their own apps, as Cowin app saw different technical issues the day registrations went live. “I have requested the Centre to allow states to develop their own apps which can be integrated with the central system”, said the CM.

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Talking about the acute oxygen shortage, the CM said they can produce 1,200 metric tonnes of oxygen, but they need 1,700 tonnes.  “Centre has allowed us to draw 500 MT from other states. But we continue to try and get this supply on time”, said Thackeray. The CM stated that 20 days are required to construct oxygen plants and many plants will be operational in the coming days. Thackeray has moreover requested a structural audit review of all enormous COVID care centres.

In addition, Thackeray has taken into account the economic effects of another wave of coronavirus. “The economic cycle must not stop even if we face another wave. Have already spoken to industrialists about what can be done if we see another wave after this”, he added.