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‘Will Have to Impose Restrictions If’, what Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Rising COVID cases? Read Here.

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said to news agency PTI that face masks are not compulsory as of now but if there is an increase in new COVID 19 cases, then face masks will be mandatory again. He said this while talking to reporters on Saturday when Maharashtra reported 155 new COVID 19 cases.

“The figures are growing in small spaces which is alarming. Hence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi (recently) held a meeting with chief ministers of states and told them to be on alert. As of today, there is no need for restrictions. But if the cases go up, we will have to impose restrictions and make masks compulsory,” he said.

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Tope said everyone has to ‘wait and watch’, he further added, “We need to pay attention to the vaccination against COVID-19 in the age group of 12-14 and 15-17 years. There are some challenges in this as schools are now closed. If any protocols are issued by the Centre for the 6-12 years age group, we will implement them at a fast pace,”

He also added an important development that vaccination is not mandatory but the state has to show the advantages of getting vaccinated against COVID 19 and convince people to take the jabs.

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Maharashtra revoked all the COVID 19 restrictions a month back on Gudi Padwa (April 2) which included wearing face masks voluntarily. However, he urged people to continue wearing masks to prevent COVID 19.

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