MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government on Wednesday said it may allow the resumption of physical classes for students of classes 1 to 4 amid a drop in Covid-19 cases, citing the recommendation of an expert panel. State Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that the state’s COVID-19 Pediatric Task Force has recommended that physical classes should be resumed with social distancing and other COVID norms. “The health department has no objection. Tomorrow (Thursday) in the state cabinet meeting, I think a final decision can be taken,” he said. Also read- Third wave of corona in Maharashtra in December? Health Minister Rajesh Tope issued a stern warning read here
Tope said the state government has asked the Center to allow COVID-19 vaccination for the 12-18 age group. “We should start immunization for children aged 12-18 years… This is a vulnerable population,” he said. Speaking about the current COVID-19 scenario, Tope said that while 80 per cent of citizens in Maharashtra are vaccinated, the infection level and mortality rate are low at present. Also read – Get vaccinated early, otherwise from November 25, this city will have to pay a heavy fine. details here
Regarding the third wave of the pandemic, Tope said that it is expected in December but it will be mild in effect. Talking to a news channel, he said that there will be no need for medical oxygen and ICU beds during the third wave period. “The third wave is expected to be mild and will not require medical oxygen and ICU beds,” he said. Also read- 3 cobras entangled around a tree in Maharashtra, jaw-dropping picture shocked the internet
The Health Department had said on Tuesday that Maharashtra recorded 766 COVID-19 infections and 19 deaths in the first 24 hours before Tuesday, while the active cases in the state remained below 10,000 for the third day in a row. As of Tuesday, the number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra stood at 66,31,297.
(with agency input)