After Delhi, Punjab Makes Face Masks Mandatory in Public Places As Covid-19 Cases Surge

After Delhi, Punjab on Saturday made the wearing of masks mandatory in public places in the wake of a sharp rise in the number of daily Covid-19 cases. The advisory issued by the state home affairs and justice department noted people are not following Covid-appropriate behaviour, especially wearing masks. โ€œFurther, the number of Covid positive cases, positivity rate and hospitalisation are showing an upward trend,โ€ it said. The wearing of masks shall be ensured in all educational institutions, government and private offices and indoor/outdoor gatherings, malls, and public places for the prevention of the further spread of the virus well-being of every individual, it said.

The advisory was issued to all divisional, deputy commissioners, zonal inspector general of police, commissioners of police and civil surgeons in the state.

Covid-appropriate behaviour like social distancing, respiratory etiquette and no spitting in public places must be followed, it further said. Anyone having symptoms of Covid-19 must get tested and follow the established protocol, it added.

All hospitals, labs, collection centres offering testing for Covid-19 should upload details of tests, including positive and negative results, on COVA Portal of the state government and also intimate the respective district and state COvid-19 cell, it said. It further said those due for the second dose and precautionary dose of COVID-19 vaccine must take them at the earliest.

Delhi on Thursday reiterated the mandatory wearing of masks in public places and announced a fine of Rs 500 will be imposed on violators in view of spurt of Covid-19 cases in the national capital. The rule, however, is not applicable for persons travelling in a private four-wheeler vehicle. Delhi on Friday reported 10 Covid-related deaths, the highest in six months, and 2,136 cases with a positivity rate of 15.02 per cent

(With PTI inputs)

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