‘Don’t See Third Covid Wave Hitting Mumbai’. Here’s What BMC Told Bombay HC

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MUMBAI: The Mumbai civic body (BMC) on Monday told the Bombay High Court that it does not anticipate a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the city as the vaccination drive is going on smoothly, with over 42 lakh people infected. has fully immunized and more than 82 lakh people have received the first dose. BMC’s counsel Anil Sakhare also told the HC that 2,586 bed-ridden people have been given both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine so far, while 3,942 such people have received it for the first time. “The work is on. It is going smoothly. Now, there is no shortage of vaccines either. Mumbai is safe. We do not see the third wave (of COVID-19),” said Sakhare. Also Read- Maharashtra K school reopening news: Varsha Gaikwad reviews preparations with officials before resuming classes from October 4

A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta and Justice GS Kulkarni was hearing a PIL filed by advocates Dhriti Kapadia and Kunal Tiwari earlier this year, asking both the central and Maharashtra governments to introduce door-to-door vaccination for senior citizens. Instructions were sought. Citizens aged 75 years and above, specially-abled people and those who are bedridden. It has been said in the petition that such people will not be in a position to come out of their homes to go to the vaccination centers and get vaccinated. Also read- Maharashtra Lockdown: BMC issues new guidelines, limiting the number of visitors at places of worship to 50%. details here

The central government had earlier said that it would not be able to start the door-to-door vaccination programme, but it was extended last month. The Maharashtra government had said in August that it would launch the campaign and started house-to-door vaccination of bed-ridden people as a pilot project. Also read- Mumbai schools are reopening, Mayor Kishori Pednekar will hold a meeting with parents today

On Monday, Dhruti Kapadia told the court that the purpose of filing the PIL has been served as now the Center has also formulated a policy to vaccinate such people at their homes. The court then disposed of the petition and said, “We are now happy that these people are also not deprived of the COVID-19 vaccine.”

(Based on PTI inputs)

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