The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has urged the Maharashtra authorities to impose and implement ‘restrictions’ to stop the unfold of Covid-19, officers stated right here on Saturday.
The directive from the Centre got here late on Friday by way of Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan — barely 5 days after the Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray introduced a near-total ban on the upcoming ‘Dahi-Handi’ celebrations beginning Sunday.
Referring to the Centre’s earlier pointers on ‘centered containment measures’, Bhushan suggested the state authorities to contemplate imposing and imposing native restrictions for the individuals.
Citing the considerations of the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) and National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) of such mass-gathering fests turning into ‘super-spreader occasions’, thereby leading to a spike in Covid instances, Bhushan stated the identical was communicated to the states on July 20.
“This is particularly important in view of circulation of more transmissible variants of concern being reported by various states, including Maharashtra,” stated Bhushan, hinting on the latest enhance in Delta Plus instances which have already claimed 5 lives within the state.
However, the state Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Ram Kadam has slammed the state authorities’s transfer to impose “a blanket ban” on celebrating ‘Dahi-Handi’ and demanded that festivities at native ranges must be permitted with full Covid restrictions.
The state Health Minister Rajesh Tope has warned that the potential ‘third wave’ may very well be a ‘Tsunami’ of over 6-million instances within the state, which may very well be triple of the 2-million recorded within the ‘first-wave’ in 2020 and far larger than the 4-million notched within the ‘second-wave’ this yr.
The MoHFW has cautioned that “any laxity” in making certain strict adherence to the five-fold technique of ‘Test-Track-Treat-Vaccinate-Ensuring Covid Appropriate Behaviour’ might lead to dropping the impetus that Maharashtra and the nation has gained to this point in managing the pandemic.