Wear mask or pay Rs 500 fine as Delhi sees spurt in COVID-19 cases

NEW DELHI: Amid rising cases of COVID-19 in the national capital, Delhi government has made the wearing of face masks in all public places mandatory. A fine of ₹500 will be imposed on violators, as per the official order.

However, the Delhi government said that the fine under this provision will not be applicable to those travelling together in private four-wheeler vehicles.

Delhi on Wednesday reported eight fatalities due to coronavirus, the highest in nearly 180 days, and 2,146 new cases with a positivity rate of 17.83 per cent, according to data shared by the health department here.

The national capital had on 13 February reported 12 deaths due to the viral disease.

On Tuesday, Delhi had reported 2,495 new coronavirus cases with a positivity rate of 15.41 per cent and seven fatalities. The national capital saw 1,372 infections and six deaths on Sunday as the case positivity rate rose to 17.85 per cent, the highest since 21 January, it said. The government did not release the daily health bulletin on Monday.

With inputs from Agencies