Dahi Handi 2021 Celebrations: Health Ministry Asks Maharashtra Govt To Impose Restrictions and Curb ‘Crowded Fests’ To Avoid COVID-19 Spike

Mumbai, August 28: The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has urged the Maharashtra authorities to impose and implement ‘restrictions’ to forestall the unfold of Covid-19, officers stated right here on Saturday. The directive from the Centre got here late on Friday via Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan — barely 5 days after the Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray introduced a near-total ban on the upcoming ‘Dahi-Handi’ celebrations beginning Sunday.

Referring to the Centre’s earlier pointers on ‘centered containment measures’, Bhushan suggested the state authorities to think about imposing and imposing native restrictions for the individuals. Krishna Janmashtami 2021 Date in India: Know Tithi, Shubh Muhurat, Puja Rituals and Significance of Hindu Festival Gokulashtami.

Citing the considerations of the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) and National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) of such mass-gathering fests turning into ‘super-spreader occasions’, thereby leading to a spike in Covid circumstances, Bhushan stated the identical was communicated to the states on July 20.

“This is particularly important in view of circulation of more transmissible variants of concern being reported by various states, including Maharashtra,” stated Bhushan, hinting on the current enhance in Delta Plus circumstances which have already claimed 5 lives within the state.

However, the state Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Ram Kadam has slammed the state authorities’s transfer to impose “a blanket ban” on celebrating ‘Dahi-Handi’ and demanded that festivities at native ranges needs to be permitted with full Covid restrictions.

The state Health Minister Rajesh Tope has warned that the doable ‘third wave’ could possibly be a ‘Tsunami’ of over 6-million circumstances within the state, which could possibly be triple of the 2-million recorded within the ‘first-wave’ in 2020 and a lot greater than the 4-million notched within the ‘second-wave’ this 12 months.

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The MoHFW has cautioned that “any laxity” in making certain strict adherence to the five-fold technique of ‘Test-Track-Treat-Vaccinate-Ensuring Covid Appropriate Behaviour’ could lead to shedding the impetus that Maharashtra and the nation has gained up to now in managing the pandemic.

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