Times of India | 1 week ago | 07-08-2022 | 05:24 am
PUNE: Maharashtra on Friday recorded 2,024 new Covid-19 cases, but its pace of vaccine coverage continues to be slow. According to the state health department data, only 26% of people over 60 years of age have taken the booster dose. Officials are now worried - the 'Har Ghar Dastak' drive has had a weak response and hesitancy remains a major problem. There are nearly 1.1 crore elderly (60-plus) in the state who are eligible for a booster dose, but only 26.06 lakh have taken the jab. And only nine districts have scored higher than the state average in 60-plus vaccination. Free booster drives for frontline workers and the elderly began on January 10. "It is concerning that many over 60 years of age, and eligible for the third shot, are not coming forward. This is more to do with negligence than just hesitancy as they have taken the first two doses," said state immunisation officer Dr Sachin Desai. Urban centres have registered good booster uptake with Mumbai (41.5% coverage) leading the state, followed by Thane (37%) and Pune (35%). But districts such as Gadchiroli (10.5%), Buldhana (10.2%) and Nanded (8.29%) are lagging behind. "Unlike the first two doses, interest is minimal towards the third shot, even after counselling," a state health official said. The free booster drives began simultaneously for the elderly, health and frontline workers. Among health and frontline staffers booster coverage is at 42% and 40% respectively. ASHA workers who were deployed to go door-to-door for the Har Ghar Dastak campaign said many senior citizens were reluctant to get the third dose. "We tried to explain everything, but they refused. And we cannot force such people to take the vaccines," said one ASHA worker. Other age groups have responded well to the booster drive. "Third-jab uptake is picking up in the 18-59 group," Dr Desai confirmed. State task force members urged authorities to keep up counselling sessions. "The low coverage among the elderly is alarming," said one task force member.
NAVI MUMBAI: The Raigad local crime branch team on Monday detained the tempo driver involved in the fatal accident of former MLC Vinayak Mete. Mete's SUV and the tempo had collided near Bhatan tunnel in Rasayani on the Mumbai carriageway way of Mumbai-Pune expressway on Sunday around 5.15am. Read AlsoEx-MLC Vinayak Mete dies in car mishap on Mumbai-Pune expresswayFormer member of legislative council Vinayak Mete passed away after his SUV met with an accident near Bhatan tunnel in Panvel taluka on the Mumbai-Pune expressway on Sunday at around 5.30am. He was travelling with his driver in a Toyota Fortuner SUV from Pune towards Mumbai.Dayanand Gawade, police inspector of Raigad local crime branch, said, "The detained tempo driver has been identified as Umesh Yadav, who has not been arrested yet and FIR is not yet registered. The exact cause behind the accident is yet to be ascertained after considering the Mumbai forensic science laboratory's inspection report and the postmortem report. Prima facie, a motor vehicle accident case was registered at Rasayani police station." He said, "The concerned tempo was identified from the CCTV camera surveillance at Bhatan tunnel, as the fatal mishap had occurred about 500 metres before the Bhatan tunnel and around 5.30 am, the tempo was spotted crossing the tunnel towards Mumbai. The tempo's registration number led us to the tempo owner in Palghar. With the help of Kasa police in Palghar, we traced the tempo owner, who provided us the tempo driver's name as Umesh Yadav and also mobile number and that he had gone to Vapi with the tempo. We contacted on Yadav's mobile and he recieved the call. When asked whether his tempo and a Ford Endeavour SUV had crashed on the Mumbai-Pune expressway near Bhatan tunnel, he confirmed it. But, he claimed that the SUV had crashed into his tempo from behind. Hence, he halted and checked if his tempo was damaged and then he travelled ahead. Yadav's mobile tower location was traced to Vapi, Gujarat. Our crime branch team reached Vapi and detained Yadav on Monday early morning. He has been handed over to Rasayani police station for further probe."
PUNE: The ghat section of Pune district recorded heavy rainfall, with Lonavala recording 131.7mm in the last 24 hours, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials. The intensity of rainfall in some sections has reduced compared to the last few days. Lavasa recorded 67mm, Bhor 64.5 mm, Girivan in Mulshi recorded 61.5mm and Malin in Ambegaon recorded 21mm rainfall during the period, the officials added. On Sunday, the IMD issued orange alert for the ghat areas in Pune and western Maharashtra region, including Satara and Kolhapur, for the next 48 hours. "There is depression over south Jharkhand and North Odisha. It is likely to move towards northwest in next 24 hours. There is an offshore trough between Gujarat and Maharashtra. And the monsoon trough is located south of its normal position. Because of these weather conditions, the ghat areas in western Maharashtra region, including Pune district, will receive heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours. As a result, we have issued an orange alert on Sunday," said a senior met official. As the depression comes over Vidarbha region and neighbouring areas, the region is expected to receive extremely heavy rainfall of more than 200mm in the next 24 hours, the official said. "The city is expected to receive moderate rainfall on Monday. The rainfall intensity will reduce from August 16 onwards," the official said The city areas have recorded light rainfall, with Shivajinagar and Lohegaon observatories recording 2.6 m and 3.4mm rainfall, respectively in the last 24 hours, ending 8.30pm on Sunday. The rainfall activity in neighbouring Satara district was subdued compared to the last few days, with Mahabaleshwar recording 15mm rainfall in the last 24 hours ending 8.30am on Sunday. However, the rainfall activity was rigorous throughout Sunday and it will be close or more than 100mm. The exact recording of rainfall will be known on Monday morning, officials said. The ghat areas are mainly in Bhor, Velhe, Mulshi, Maval, Khed, Ambegaon, and Junnar tehsils. The ghat section in Bhor, Velhe, Mulshi, and Maval tehsils has been receiving extremely heavy rainfall at isolated locations for the last few days. So much so that Tamini ghat alone, which is one of the famous tourist destinations, had recorded 215 mm rainfall on Saturday. "On at least four occasions, Tamihini ghat recorded over 200 mm rainfall in the last few days. It will receive heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours. Villagers living in the hilly region face difficulty in accessing various services, including health care," said a senior official from the district disaster management cell.
PUNE: Two men on a motorcycle late on Saturday evening threatened a worker (26) in a private company near Chakan and snatched his cellphone worth Rs2,000 at Khalumbre village, when the victim was walking home. An officer from the Chakan police said that on Saturday, two men on a motorcycle stopped the complainant while he was returning home. The pillion rider threatened the worker and snatched his cellphone and the duo drove away towards Khalumbre village," said the officer.
PUNE: A cybercrook, who posed as an armyman, duped a 28-year-old engineer of Rs80,000 on the promise of selling him a used washing machine and refrigerator. The techie had fixed the deal for the home appliances at Rs7,500. The glib talker took Rs80,000 from the techie through 10 UPI transactions. The techie became suspicious when the 'armyman' started asking for more money to return the amount. He then filed a complaint with the Dighi police against the unknown person. Pimpri resident duped of Rs1.5 lakhIn another fraud, a cybercrook duped a 37-year-old Pimpri resident of Rs1.5L under the pretext of purchasing his second-hand items. The fraud took place on August 6. The victim on Saturday filed a complaint with the Pimpri police. "When the complainant asked the suspect to return the money, the latter abused him," said an officer from the Pimpri police.
PUNE: Current reserves of the Covishield vaccine with districts will last only for the next 10 to 12 days, state immunisation officer Dr Sachin Desai said on Sunday. "The state is currently administering 1.5 lakh doses, mainly booster shots, every day. There are now 17 lakh doses available with the districts and this stock will last for the next 10-12 days. The state depot currently has no Covishield stock left. The doses we got from the Centre in the last few days has been given to districts," Dr Desai said. Maharashtra received about 20 lakh doses of Covishield from the Centre last week. "We distributed these doses to districts and currently we have no stock in our store. The central government monitors utilisation of doses and is expected to issue fresh stock soon," Dr Desai added. State and municipal vaccination have been recording heavy consumption since the Centre made the booster dose free for the 18-59 age bracket till September 30. Early in August, a Covishield shortage across vaccine centres in PMR had a serious impact on daily coverage. The PCMC, for example, went without vaccine drives for four days. A total of 22.46 lakh eligible beneficiaries in the massive 18-59 age group received the precaution or booster dose in Maharashtra between July 15 and August 1. There are 7.5 crore people in the 18-59 years category in the state. Of them, about 75% (5.62 crores) have taken both doses of the Covid vaccine. All these people are now eligible to take the precautionary dose of the same vaccine after completing the newly fixed interval of six months from the second dose.