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Maharashtra government declares Mucormycosis or ‘black fungus’ as notified disease

 Addressing the media, Health Minister Rajesh Tope said, "There are 2,245 cases of black fungus in the state. The state government has classified black fungus as a notified disease."

Maharashtra government declares Mucormycosis or black fungus as notified disease-dnm
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Mumbai, First Published May 25, 2021, 4:04 PM IST
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Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Tuesday classified Mucormycosis (commonly known as black fungus) as a notified disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope said.

Addressing the media, Tope said, "There are 2,245 cases of black fungus in the state. The state government has classified black fungus as a notified disease."

"Under Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana, patients of black fungus will receive free treatment at state-run hospitals," the Maharashtra Health Minister further said.

Several states and UTs have declared Mucormycosis, also called black fungus, as an epidemic under the Epidemic Diseases Act (1897).

Tope also said that the current Covid-19 positivity rate is 12% and the recovery rate is 93% in the state.

He said that the Maharashtra government has not received any response on the global tenders floated for the procurement of vaccine.

“We haven’t received any response to the global tender for vaccine procurement. We are requesting the Central government to float tender and provide us vaccines.”

Furthermore, the Maharashtra Health Minister has said that the state has decided to stop home isolation for patients of 18 districts where the positivity rate is high.

“We have decided to stop home isolation for patients of 18 districts where the positivity rate is high. The patients from these districts will have to go to a quarantine center, won’t be allowed home isolation… This is applicable in rural and semi-urban areas, not for Mumbai,” Tope said.

Meanwhile, the state on Monday reported 22,122 new Covid-19 cases, 42,320 recoveries and 361 deaths in the last 24 hours. There are 3,27,580 active cases in the state.

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