Mumbai, India, May 1: The Maharashtra government is likely to make the wearing of masks mandatory as Covid-19 cases continue to see a rise, the state Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Sunday.
"If Covid-19 cases continue to rise, then we will have to make the wearing of masks compulsory," he stated.
Adding that their aim is to ramp up the vaccination drive, he assured that all the possible steps will be taken to ensure vaccination, especially among children in the state.
"As of now, we have asked people to wear it voluntarily but if it (Covid cases) increases then will have to think about it," he stated.
Tope further assured that they are continuously monitoring the Covid situation in the state and this time, they are more inclined towards vaccinating the children.
"We are monitoring the situation in the state- our focus is to boost vaccination for kids in the state. The vaccination programme will start soon; it will be difficult for us but we will make every possible effort to complete the task," he stated.
According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India's Covid-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 189.17 crores (1,89,17,69,346), so far; of which, more than 2.90 Cr (2,90,98,946) adolescents have been given the first dose of the vaccine against Covid-19.
As per the ministry, India's active caseload currently stands at 19,092 with the active infections constituting 0.04 percent of the country's total positive cases.