The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) stated on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, that it will reinstate the mandatory use of face masks in the capital city of New Delhi.
During a meeting today, which was presided over by the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, the authorities declared that citizens of the national capital will be required to wear masks in public areas at all times. Also announced by DDMA was the imposition of a Rs 500 fine on those who are found in violation of the rule.
Officials claimed the Delhi Disaster Management Authority, in its meeting, also opted not to close schools, but instead elected to develop a distinct Standard Operating Procedure in conjunction with industry experts, according to officials. The government is anticipated to publish a formal order addressing the required use of masks in the near future, according to expectations.
The DDMA conference comes at a time when the number of Covid-19 cases in Delhi is increasing.
Earlier, on Tuesday, Delhi registered 632 new cases of Covid-19; nevertheless, the number of hospitalizations and deaths as a result of Covid are extremely low, and the disease is not considered to be a public health threat.
Satyendar Jain, the Delhi Health Minister, stated on Monday that the Covid situation in the city was not worrying, despite the fact that cases were increasing. He had previously stated that the number of hospitalizations was modest and that the administration was keeping an eye on the situation.
Meanwhile, as a result of an increasing trend of Covid-19 cases in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR), some neighbouring states have also made the use of face masks in public areas in many of their districts a requirement in some districts.
In response to the threat of the fourth wave of Covid-19, the governments of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana decided on Monday to reinstate the mask mandates in some of their respective states’ districts. These mask requirements will apply to everyone in the city, with the exception of schoolchildren.
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