Delhi revives mask mandates after jump in cases, violators to pay fine of INR 500

With COVID cases on the rise in New Delhi, the state government has revived the masks mandate in public places and announced that those found violating the norm will be fined INR 500.

Delhi recorded a nearly 26 per cent jump in fresh COVID-19 cases.
Delhi recorded a nearly 26 per cent jump in fresh COVID-19 cases. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@BjpBiplab

Officials said the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) in a meeting also decided not to shut schools but plan a separate standard operating procedure in consultation with experts. 

Schools will have to ensure that COVID protocols are strictly followed, the officials said.

Reports of infections from schools have triggered concerns weeks after they opened for offline classes following a two-year gap due to the pandemic, the Telegraph reported.

Experts have been warning against closure of schools yet again, citing learning losses.

“Schools will not be closed and will continue with offline classes. Schools have been asked to report all cases to the education department and ensure that Covid protocols are followed strictly. Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia is constantly monitoring the situation in schools,” a senior official said.

The government is expected to issue an official order regarding the mandatory use of masks soon.

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Sources said authorities had been asked to keep a close watch on social gatherings and ramp up testing in the national capital.

They said chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was closely monitoring the situation and instructions had been issued to officials to take steps to check the spread of the virus.

At the DDMA meeting, emphasis was laid on vaccination, officials said. 

According to official figures, there are 9,735 beds for COVID patients in Delhi hospitals and just 80 (0.82 per cent) of them are occupied.

Delhi recorded a nearly 26 per cent jump in fresh COVID-19 cases. The health department said 632 fresh cases were reported and the positivity rate was 4.42 per cent.

The city had recorded 501 cases and no deaths while the positivity rate stood at 7.72 per cent.

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