The Centre on Tuesday announced further relaxation in the number of people who can attend weddings and funerals during the Covid19 pandemic. Officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs during the routine daily briefing in Delhi said that not more than 50 people will be allowed at wedding functions while not more than 20 people can attend funerals.
Earlier in March, the Center had in its guidelines said that no mass gatherings at crematoriums and burial grounds were to be followed to prevent the spread of Covid19. This had resulted in several funerals being carried out across the country with a handful of people. It had also disallowed any religious gatherings to prevent the spread of the disease. Since the lockdown had been put in place, people needed to take the permission from district magistrates for marriages and related functions. The announcement now means they can carry out weddings but only with a limited number of people specified by the Centre.
India has seen over 40,000 cases of Covid with Tuesday reporting over 3000 cases, the single largest spike in the country. The Centre said that the spike was because several states which earlier were not reporting correct figures had begun to do so.