According to the latest reports, while acknowledging that COVID-19 cases have decreased, the Maharashtra government dismissed speculations that the rule of compulsorily wearing face masks could be lifted soon. Rajesh Tope, state public health minister remarked that the peak of the third wave of coronavirus has passed since the state is seeing a fall in cases.
Based on accounts, Tope remarked that they are reporting under 30,000 patients on a daily basis in contrast to the 45,000 during the peak season. He added that over 92 per cent of the beds are vacant and a considerable number of patients are in home quarantine.
While speaking about the rise in the number of cases in Nagpur, Nashik and Pune, he claimed that there is nothing to worry about since the majority of those patients are asymptomatic. Previously, there were speculations that the state was removing the mandate of wearing masks since they were reports that the topic was discussed at the cabinet meeting.
However, Tope as well as Aaditya Thackeray, environment minister both stated that masks will continue to stay. Thackeray had mentioned that wearing these face masks will continue to remain mandatory until the WHO tells the global citizens that the pandemic or endemic has ended.
Earlier, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar while interacting with reporters had elucidated that Mumbai will be unlocked by the end of February but it will be important for the people to wear masks as well as observe social distancing.