Ahead Of Festivals, Centre Asks Maharashtra To Consider Restrictions To Curb Covid Spread


Maharashtra reported 4,654 new coronavirus instances and 170 contemporary deaths on Friday, taking the an infection tally to 64,47,442 and the toll to 1,36,900.

Ahead of upcoming festivals in Maharashtra, the Centre has suggested the state to contemplate imposing native restrictions on these festivals and mass gatherings to forestall the unfold of COVID-19. In a letter to the Maharashtra chief secretary, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan stated despite the fact that the trajectory of each day new instances has proven a decline over the past month, there are some districts in Maharashtra that are displaying early indicators of an upsurge in COVID-19 instances and check positivity Bhushan stated the instructions had been issued beneath the Disaster Management Act, 2005 by the Home Ministry for focussed containment measures.

“In light of this order, and in view of mass events and public gatherings expected during celebration of upcoming festivals (including Dahi Handi and Ganpati Utsav) in Maharashtra, it is advised that the state may consider imposing and enforcing local restrictions in public observation of these festivals and mass gatherings,” Bhushan stated. “This is particularly important in view of circulation of more transmissible variants of concern being reported by various states, including Maharashtra. I would like to reiterate that any laxity in ensuring strict adherence to the five-fold strategy of Test-Track-Treat-Vaccinate and Ensuring COVID Appropriate Behaviour may result in losing the impetus that Maharashtra and the country has gained so far in managing the pandemic,” he added.

Maharashtra reported 4,654 new coronavirus instances and 170 contemporary deaths on Friday, taking the an infection tally to 64,47,442 and the toll to 1,36,900. Over 301 sufferers had been discharged from hospitals throughout the state within the final 24 hours, taking the cumulative variety of recovered instances to 62,55,451. Maharashtra now has 51,574 energetic instances. 

(PTI)




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