As COVID-19 cases surge, DDMA makes masks mandatory; ₹500 penalty for violation

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In view of a spurt in coronavirus cases in the city, the Delhi Government on Wednesday made wearing of masks mandatory in public places and imposed a fine of ₹500 on violators.

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

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

The Health Department said 632 fresh cases were reported on Wednesday and the positivity rate was 4.42%.

The city had on Monday recorded 501 cases and zero death while the positivity rate stood at 7.72%.

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