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Delhi brings back mask mandate amid surge in Covid cases

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Utkarsh Mishra
Last updated on: April 20, 2022 17:43 IST
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In view of spike in coronavirus cases in the city, the Delhi government on Wednesday made wearing of mask mandatory in public places and imposed a fine of Rs 500 on violators.

IMAGE: A passenger wearing mask in a Delhi metro. Photograph: Shahbaz Khan/PTI Photo

Officials said the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), in its meeting, also decided not to shut schools, but chose to come up with a a separate Standard Operating Procedure in consultation with experts.

 

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

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

They said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is closely monitoring the situation and instructions have been issued to officials for taking steps to check the spread of the virus and preparations for treatment of Covid patients.

In the DDMA meeting, emphasis was laid on vaccination of eligible groups as it will help keep in check the impact of the pandemic, officials said.

Several participants asserted that there was no need to panic since the number of hospitalisations was low despite a rise in new Covid cases, they said.

It was highlighted that the trends of hospitalisation needed to be closely monitored for the next fortnight as well as conducting genome sequencing of all positive samples put through RTPCR test.

It was also decided to raise the number of tests being done with the focus on people with symptoms, they 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.

On Tuesday, Delhi recorded a nearly 26 per cent jump in fresh COVID-19 cases.

The health department said 632 fresh cases were reported on Wednesday and the positivity rate was 4.42 per cent.

Delhi had on Monday recorded 501 cases and zero death while the positivity rate stood at 7.72 per cent.

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