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The wearing of masks is mandatory for the next six months, says Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray

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Maharashtra Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray said Sunday that wearing masks will be mandatory for the next six months in the state. While addressing a number of issues, including Covid-19, the subway car shed project, the chief minister said that experts are in favor of imposing a night curfew or closure. But he is not in favor of these restrictions as the Covid-19 situation in the state is under control, although not entirely, he said.

On Saturday, Maharashtra reported 3,940 new cases of Covid-19, the second in the country, although in mortality it topped the list with 74 deaths, followed by West Bengal, Delhi and Kerala.

The Covid-19 situation in the state has improved notably in recent months. In November, the government issued a circular asking authorities not to be pleased with the improvement and not to lower their guard in testing, as a second wave of the pandemic is likely to hit the state in January-February. However, according to experts, a second increase like that of the UK and other European countries is now unlikely in India.

“Prevention is better than cure. Wearing face masks in public places should become a habit for at least another six months,” Thackeray said, reminding people of appropriate Covid-19 behavior.

Addressing other issues that the one-year-old government of Maha Vikas Aghadi is currently addressing, Thackeray said: “On November 28, the state government has turned one year old. Many expected it to fall, but the government not only completed its first year, but also faced the most difficult situation the state may have faced in the last 100 years. “

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