Masks come off, rallies begin as India’s COVID-19 patient load falls

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India reported its lowest tally of active COVID-19 cases in 18 months on Monday, but a sharp drop in the use of protective face masks is causing concern after a rise in the number of infections with the Omicron variant. Many people have been standing or sitting close to each other without masks, or covering only their chins, at big rallies held by political parties in several states before elections. Something similar happened before the Delta variant ravaged India from April. Cases have come down sharply since then, with an active COVID-19 total of 91,456 as of early Mon…

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