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COVID DATA April 1, 2022 INDIA: New Cases: 1,335 Total Cases: 4,30,25,775 New Deaths: 11 Old Unreported Deaths: 41 Total Deaths: 5,21,181 New Tests: 6,06,036 Total Tests: 78,97,70,958 New Vax: 23,57,917 Total Vax: 184,31,89,377 - India Travel Times.Com   [Estd: 1998]       * * *    Travel, More Travel, Travel Means A Million Things     * * *    
Delhi, M'rashtra, Bengal lift all curbs as covid tapers off

There was a fine of Rs 500 for not wearing masks at public places in Delhi till the existing order expired on March 31. Now face mask is not mandatory but the Government cautions that one has to remain watchful of the situation.

NEW DELHI, April 1: As the pandemic has tailed off, Delhi, Maharashtra and Bengal have lifted all covid restrictions, including wearing of face mask, which is now optional. Restrictions had kicked in two years ago when the epidemic had begun sweeping across the country.

While Delhi and Bengal have lifted all the curbs with effect from April 1, the worst-hit Maharashtra has announced the State will be free of covid restrictions from April 2 although the Mumbai municipal corporation has already given up the curbs, including wearing of face mask, from April 1.

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) had said after its meeting on Thursday that there will be no restrictions as the pandemic has almost disappeared. Wearing of face masks will not be mandatory. There was a fine of Rs 500 for not wearing masks at public places in Delhi till the existing order expired on March 31. The DDMA issued the new order lifting all curbs on Friday and it took effect immediately.

Over the last year adequate capacities have been developed and public awareness created across the country about covid-appropriate behaviour to tackle the pandemic, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said in a letter to the Chief Secretaries of all States last week. “After taking into consideration the overall improvement in the situation and preparedness of the Government to deal with the pandemic, the 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,” he said. The ban orders and guidelines were issued first time on March 24, 2020 and modified from time to time. The existing order expired on March 31.

However, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will continue to issue guidelines on preventive measures and the people have to remain watchful of the situation.

The Home Secretary said, “I would, therefore, advise all the States and UTs to consider appropriately discontinuing issue of orders and guidelines under the DM Act, 2005 for covid containment measures."

On Thursday there were only 1,335 cases reported from across the country, taking the total cases to 4,30,25,775 in the last two years. And the casualties of the day were only 11 while the total deaths were 5,21,181. So far 184,31,89,377 doses of vaccine have been administered.

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