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CM Uddhav announces end of masks, other Covid restrictions from Gudi Padwa

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Maharashtra imposed tight Covid-19 restrictions, during last year’s Ganesh Chaturthi. The state is now removing all these restrictions including masks on  Gudi Padwa.

Maharashtra, which was hardest hit by Covid, will lift all pandemic-related restrictions on Saturday, as the state celebrates the Marathi New Year. According to the government of Maharashtra, masks will be advised but not needed.  Masks are no longer considered “necessary” in Bengal or Delhi, while their use is recommended in congested locations.

The news came from the office of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

“As we welcome the new year this Gudi Padwa, all COVID restrictions in Maharashtra will be abolished!”

said a tweet from Twitter handle, alluding to the spring event that celebrates the traditional New Year for Marathi and Konkani Hindus.

The decision to lift all limitations was made at a cabinet meeting led by the Chief Minister, according to the state Health Minister, Rajesh Tope.

During last year’s Ganesh Chaturthi, the state’s biggest celebration, Maharashtra, which suffered the brunt of Covid’s first and second waves, imposed tight restrictions, prohibiting processions and physical “darshan” at pandals.

The police have announced that any infraction will result in severe punishment.

The number of new Covid infections in the state has dropped to roughly 100 per day, with no new fatalities reported. There were 964 active cases of Covid- 19 across 35 districts on Monday.

According to a state health department report, the districts of Yavatmal, Washim, and Hingoli have no active cases.

Since the outbreak began in 2020, the state has documented 78,73,619 instances of illness; 1,47,780 individuals have died, according to the health department.

The national Covid figures have also fallen in the last few months. The government reported 1,225 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of active cases to 14,307. With 28 new deaths, the total number of fatalities jumped to 5,21,129. So far, there have been 4,30,24,440 infections.

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