With the COVID-19 cases declining significantly over the past few weeks, the Telangana government yesterday decided to lift all Covid-related restrictions, including the mandatory wearing of face masks, officials said today.
Face masks will be voluntary, except for the elderly, those with comorbidities and pregnant women, who have been asked to continue following the Covid-appropriate behaviour.
State Director of Public Health G Srinivasa Rao said the COVID situation in Telangana is fully under control, with less than 50 cases being reported daily.
The officials said that all beneficiaries in the 18 years and above age group have been administered both doses of vaccine.
Around ten districts in Telangana witnessed zero cases yesterday, while thirteen other districts reported less than ten cases, officials added.
The Telangana government's decision came soon after Maharashtra and West Bengal announced yesterday that all curbs related to the viral disease would be lifted.
Sources say that the Delhi government has also reportedly dropped the mandatory face mask rule, and there will be no fine for not fearing face masks at public places from now onwards.
Currently, there is a fine of Rs 500 for not wearing masks at public places in Delhi.
The withdrawal of the Covid-19 curbs came almost two years after the pandemic struck in March 2020.