Mumbai: Private vaccination centres in Mumbai of the coronavirus vaccine are allowed to operate 24×7, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said today. As a result, individuals of the 45-plus age group, who are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine can get the jab at any time of the day.Also Read - Omicron: South Korea Expands Entry Ban to 2 More African Countries From Dec 10

“Private centers for COVID-19 vaccination in BMC limits are allowed to operate 24×7. The Centre has approved BMC’s proposal in this regard. BMC has requested the Centre to make necessary changes to its vaccination registration website to facilitate this,” the BMC said. Also Read - Omiron Scare: Maharashtra Reports 10 Fresh Cases of New Variant, State's Total Tally Touches 20

The BMC noted that with the current vaccination timing of 8-12 hour shift, nearly 35,000-40,000 people are getting vaccinated on a daily basis. “After Centre’s approval for 24×7 vaccination at private centers, BMC aims for around 1 lakh vaccination every day. With current timing of 8-12 hour shifts for vaccination around,” they said. Also Read - Karnataka Likely to Impose Fresh Restrictions, Issue Guidelines as COVID Clusters Rise. Major Decision in Cabinet Expected Today

The BMC also pointed out that over the past two months, 90 per cent new cases in Mumbai have been in housing societies only. Strict action to be taken against violation of coronavirus protocols, the civic body said.

Maharashtra reported 9,927 new COVID-19 cases and saw the maximum daily deaths due to coronavirus at 56. Mumbai alone reported 1,012 cases and two deaths in the last 24 hours.

To fight the COVID surge, the Maharashtra health department has come up with a seven-point action plan, including testing of close contacts, fast contact-tracing, mass testing in hot-spots and audit of deaths.

All district administrations have been directed to act upon these points immediately, as per a letter dated March 3 of the health department’s principal secretary Dr Pradeep Vyas.

The action plan also includes strict adherence to guidelines on social, political, and religious gatherings, and involves civil societies and religious leaders to motivate people to adopt COVID-19-appropriate behaviour.