Covid-19 cases, India on Friday reported 1,335 new Covid-19 cases, according to Union Health Ministry data. Additionally, the country is witnessing a further drop in active cases, with the active caseload at 13,672 on Friday, the Health Ministry data further revealed.
Meanwhile in a related development, state of Maharashtra has announced the decision to make wearing masks optional from April 2 after a steep fall in the number of active cases and deaths from Covid-19 in recent days.
The wearing of masks to limit the spread of the coronavirus had previously been mandatory in all public places in the state. "Wearing masks (will) not (be) compulsory but people can wear one if they want," Maharashtra's health minister Rajesh Tope said on Thursday.
All restrictions on spaces including hotels, weddings, gyms and buses, and a requirement to be double vaccinated in order to enter public places, will have been lifted by April 2, Tope said.