Mumbai: According to the Health Department of Maharashtra, the number of hospitalizations of patients of corona virus infection in the state is expected to increase in the end of January or the first week of February. A statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said that the state cabinet expressed concern over this after the health department made this estimate during a presentation on Wednesday.
The Health Department said that the daily requirement of medical oxygen has increased in the state and the present demand is 400 MT. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said during the meeting, “If the demand for oxygen rises to 700 metric tonnes, strict restrictions will be required. Keeping this fact in mind the district administration should expedite the vaccination and take necessary steps.”
He said that urban areas as well as rural parts of the state are affected by COVID-19. The Chief Minister said, “Completely immunized COVID-19 patients do not require medical oxygen. But, people need to be cautious as there is increased pressure on health infrastructure in countries like UK and US also.”
On Wednesday, 46,723 cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state and 32 people died due to infection. Of the new cases, 86 patients are infected with Omicron. Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Wednesday cautioned that despite the decline in the number of daily COVID-19 cases in the last few days, the coronavirus infection graph in the state is not coming down.
He told reporters that it is a good thing that out of 2.25 lakh under-treatment cases, only 14 per cent patients are hospitalised. Tope said he did not expect the situation to stabilize by the end of January or early February and urged those not vaccinated to get vaccinated and everyone to follow COVID appropriate practices such as wearing masks. (agency)