COVID-19: After Delhi, Haryana makes masks mandatory; Rs 500 fine for violators

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New Delhi- Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday said that four district administrations – Gurugram, Faridabad, Sonipat and Jhajjar – have been asked to monitor the COVID-19 situation. He also said that people have been asked to wear face masks and a fine of Rs 500 will be imposed for violation.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Delhi government decided to make it mandatory to wear masks in public places again and to impose a fine of Rs 500 for violations.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), which also decided not to shut down schools and come up with separate Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for them in consultation with experts.

Lt Governor Anil Baijal shared the details of the DDMA meeting in a series of tweets and said, “It was decided to make wearing of masks mandatory in public places.”

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The government is soon expected to issue an official order regarding the mandatory use of masks. The penalty for not wearing a mask was lifted by the Delhi government on April 2 following a drop in COVID cases in the city.

In the meeting of DDMA, emphasis was laid on strict implementation of SOP for schools by the concerned school management.

“In the larger interest of the students, in case of non-compliance or violation of SOPs, a fine as deemed fit to create a deterrent effect should be imposed,” Baijal tweeted.

Officials have been asked to keep a close watch on social gatherings and ramp up testing in the national capital, officials said.

He said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is closely monitoring the situation and instructions have been issued to officials to ensure implementation of steps to contain the spread of the virus and preparedness for treatment of COVID patients.

Meanwhile, the active COVID-19 caseload in the country has registered an increase of 1,093 cases in a 24-hour period.

With 2,380 new coronavirus infections reported in a day, the total number of COVID-19 cases in India rose to 4,30,49,974, while active cases rose to 13,433, according to data updated by the Union Health Ministry on Thursday. Have become.

The death toll rose to 5,22,062 with 56 fresh deaths, data updated at 8 am.

Active cases comprise 0.03 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 98.76 per cent, the ministry said.