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Nagpur: Amid rising Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra, the cabinet is mulling to bring mandatory mask rule back in the state.

Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday appealed to the people of Maharashtra not to lower their guard against Covid-19 in the view of rising cases. He also said everyone should continue to wear face masks to prevent the spread of infection.

Thackeray added that although the number of hospitalizations due to Covid-19 is low, everyone should be alert and cautious as the virus has not gone away completely. The weekly positivity rate in Mumbai is at 3.17 % and at 2.16% in Pune — much higher than the entire state’s rate which stands at 1.59%.

Currently, only one patient is on a ventilator and 18 other patients are on oxygen. Maharashtra cabinet minister Aslam Sheikh hinted that the mandatory mask rule may come back in the state. The minister also said that Mumbai is fully prepared and all Covid-19 facilities are functional and made an appeal that people should follow Covid-19 protocols.

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