Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday, 19th November 2020 announced that the penalty for not wearing a face mask has been increased to 2000 rupees from 500 rupees.
The CM’S announcement comes at a time when the national capital is witnessing a high increase in novel coronavirus cases.
Kejriwal urged all the religious heads and other administration officials to make sure that their workers and officers go out wearing a mask. He also wants them to distribute masks at public places in the city.
Kejriwal, in a press conference also highlighted the importance of the festive season. And also the increased need to celebrate it outside after staying indoors for so long. There is no ban on celebrations. But there is a ban on a large number of people entering a pond or river at once. He asked everyone to celebrate the festival at home.
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For the upcoming Chhath Puja, the CM said that the government wants the citizens to celebrate the festival very nicely. But if 200 people are entering a pond at a time, and even if just one of them is COVID-19 positive, all of the people will contract the infection.
The CM further said that they are arranging for over 1400 ICU beds. This includes 663 beds in Delhi government hospitals and 750 at Centre-run facilities. He also informed that his government will be implementing the decision to reserve 80 percent of the ICU beds in private hospitals for COVID-19 patients.
Accessing the increase in cases in the national capital, the AAP party MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj said that he will increase the number of RTPCR tests from around 18000 to 27000. He will also market associations if any decision is taken on shutting down markets in view of the rise in positive cases.
The AAP MLA also suggested that market associations should have a chance to present their views. And they should also take precautionary measures to check the spread of the virus.
The third wave of the deadly coronavirus in the national capital is still going strong. The city has seen an 11.3 percent rise in cases since last week. This has taken the city’s total cases past 500000. With more and more patients coming under treatment, Delhi is now one of only eight states and Union territories with a recovery rate below 90 percent.