India to end all Covid restrictions from March 31, mask rule to stay

This decision has been taken after a dip in the number of Covid-19 cases throughout the country

In India, the past few months have witnessed a gradual dip in the Covid-19 cases. As per data by the National Health Mission, the total caseload of India stood at 23,913. After a united effort by all the health workers, designated ministers, citizens of the country, a total of 181.56 crore vaccines doses have been administered to date.
As the number of Covid cases shows a downfall graph in India, the Home Ministry has decided to put an end to all the Covid-19 containment measures from March 31. Even though the containments will be lifted, wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing must be followed on a regular basis. It was on March 24, 2020, when the Central Government issued the containment guidelines for the first time under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 for containment of Covid.
Even though the containments will be lifted, wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing must be followed on a regular basis
In a communication to the chief secretaries of all states, Union Home Secretaries of all states, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said that over the last 24 months, significant capacities have been developed for various aspects of management of the pandemic, such as diagnostics, surveillance, contact tracing, treatment, vaccination, hospital infrastructure. It has been added that the general public now has a much higher level of awareness on the Covid-19 appropriate behaviour.
representative image of  Ajay Bhalla
Image: representative image of Ajay Bhalla
"After taking into consideration the overall improvement in the situation and preparedness of the Government to deal with the pandemic. National Disaster Management Authority has taken a decision that there may not be any further need to invoke the provisions of the DM Act for Covid containment measures", the communication said.



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