As coronavirus cases decline across India, the Central Government has directed all states and Union Territories to repeal or alter Covid-19 restrictions after assessing the situation in their respective areas.
In a letter to all state chief secretaries, which Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan posted on his Twitter account, it has been stated that all concerned should continue to follow the principles of prevention, testing, treatment, vaccination.
Maharashtra, which is one of the states most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, has also been recording a decreasing number of Covid-19 cases. In the past 24 hours, Maharashtra has recorded 2,748 positive cases while 5,806 patients were cured, with 27,445 active cases currently under treatment. Moreover, 4,456 cases of the Omicron variant were reported, of which 3,334 were cured.
The health secretary’s letter comes at a time when the daily case load has dropped to about 30,000. This count peaked on January 20, when more than 3.47 lakh new cases were detected, but has been on the wane for over three weeks.
The active case count is also back to the levels recorded in the first week of January, after peaking on January 23. As on Tuesday, there were about 3.7 lakh active cases in India. The weekly positivity rate, at 3.2 per cent, is also back to where it was in the first week of January.
Nationwide, only about 75 districts are reporting a weekly positivity rate of more than 10 per cent. At the height of the third wave in January-end, close to 400 districts had a weekly positivity rate of more than 10 per cent. Almost 80 per cent of districts now have a positivity rate of under five per cent.
“I am sure that under your continued leadership, the states would continue to address the challenge of Covid-19 while minimizing its impact on the lives and livelihood of people,” Bhushan has written in his letter.
During the third wave, the states had adopted various preventive measures such as night curfews, restrictions on the size of gatherings, closure of educational institutions and limitations on occupancy in restaurants and theatres. Most of these restrictions are already in the process of being lifted.