The Chennai government brings back Covid-19 protocols in the country amid a rise in cases for over 10 days. The administration on Monday made wearing of masks mandatory in all public places. The corporation said that the violation of masks would amount to a Rs 500 fine. The order will be effective from tomorrow.
This comes after Tamil Nadu witnessed a rapid rise in Covid numbers for the third consecutive day on Sunday. The corporation also directed theaters, shopping malls, and places of worship to prevent huge gatherings.
The Chennai government released a press statement in which it said that the city has been recording a huge number of Covid-19 cases and that to protect oneself from the contagious virus, it is necessary to follow safety protocols.
Tamil Nadu on Sunday logged 2,672 cases. The major contributor to these cases is Chennai, which recorded 1,072 new cases, followed by Chengalpet 373, Coimbatore 145, Tiruvallur 131, and Tiruchirappalli 104.
Covid cases are rising at a rapid pace in the country. In all, India recorded 13,086 fresh Covid-19 cases and 19 fatalities in the span of 24 hours. The active cases in the country have reached 1,14,475.
As the cases are rising in the country, Dr Vinod Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog has advised Assam, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal to be watchful for the fourth wave. The states have also been instructed by the center to increase their vigilance against Covid.