Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar today asked the Maharashtra government to scale up testing in the state. He said in order to break the chain of the virus, more and more people who have come in contact with a Covid positive patient should be tracked and quarantined. Mr. Javadekar today attended a high-level meeting along with deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar to take stock of the Covid-19 situation.
AIR correspondent reports, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, Prakash Javadekar said that in order to overcome the shortage of vaccine reported in some parts of Maharashtra, the state has 15.63 lakh doses of vaccines. He said that he has spoken with state’s chief secretary Sitaram Kunte and has urged him to distribute the vaccines optimally in various parts of the state. He also said that Punekars have given a good response to the weekend lockdown. The I & B Minister further said that one thousand one hundred and 21 ventilators will be sent to Maharashtra. Seven hundred of them will be received from Gujarat and four hundred and 21 will be received from Andhra Pradesh. He assured the state government that Centre will assist in supply of oxygen supply. Maharashtra deputy chief minister, Ajit Pawar said that next 15-days are crucial for Pune district and appealed everyone to work towards breaking the chain of the virus. He asked the administration to work towards implementing a strict policy to provide hospital beds to the needy patients and on selling Remdesivir medicine.