Maharashtra, which suffered the worst from COVID, will say goodbye to all pandemic-related restrictions from Saturday as the state welcomes the Marathi New Year.
The state government said masks would be recommended but not mandatory. The announcement was declared by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's office.
All restrictions related to COVID-19 in Maharashtra will be lifted at the beginning of the new year in Gudi Padwa this year.
I read a tweet from its handle referring to the spring festival to mark the traditional New Year for Marathi and Konkani Hindus.
Happy New Year, everyone! We are glad to announce that all COVID restrictions in Maharashtra will be lifted starting with this Gudi Padwa. State Health Minister Rajesh Tope told reporters that the decision to dissolve all restrictions was declared at a cabinet meeting chaired by the prime minister.
The number of COVID infections has decreased to around 100 a day, and there have been no new fatalities reported.
There were 964 active cases across 35 districts last Monday. Read a report from the state health department: Yavatmal, Washim, and Hingoli districts have zero active cases.
The state has reported 78,73,619 cases since the outbreak started in 2020. 1,47,780 people have died, the health department said.
Over the last couple of months, the nationwide COVID-19 figures have also dropped.
In the last 24 hours, the country reported 1,225 new coronavirus infections.
The total number of infections to date is 4,30,24,440.
Maharashtra successfully defended itself against COVID through restrictions on processions and physical "darshan" at pandals during last year's Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
The police declared that any violation would incur strict action.
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