Maharashtra: Face masks mandate likely to come back amid Covid spike

If Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra continue to spike, the state government will be forced to make masks mandatory again, news agency PTI quoted Minister Ajit Pawar as saying.

“The use of masks will have to be made mandatory if the number of coronavirus cases continues to increase,” Pawar said.

He said the state government and its bureaucracy are keeping vigilance to make sure things don’t get out of hand.

This comes as Maharashtra on Wednesday recorded 1,081 infections, the highest daily increase after February 24, bringing the total to 78,88,167, while the death toll stood at 1,47,860.

On Tuesday, the state reported 711 cases.

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