India is still undergoing the challenges of COVID-19 second wave , the Health ministry said in a press conference on Thursday , adding that all the COVID protocols need to be followed during the festivals. we are not yet free from COVID , it has just slowed down not vanished.
the health ministry said that masks have to be used and other COVID protocols need to be maintained even after getting vaccinated.
Addressing the press conference , health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, ” The second surge of COVID -19 is still on and as we see there is always a spike after festivals. so during the festivals in the upcoming month of September and October , we must celebrate them responsibly.”
He added that the COVID-19 protocols will have to be adhered to even after complete vaccination. ” vaccines reduce the disease severity and help in avoiding hospitalization. but still , usage of masks and avoid protocols must continue even after vaccination.
Balram Bhargava , director -general at the Indian council of medical Research , made it clear that mass gatherings during festivals or on any other occasions must be avoided. “However, double vaccination is a prerequisite for any mandatory mass gathering,” he said.