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Covid-19 outbreak: THESE states make masks mandatory at crowded places amid increase in cases

After Delhi, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh where the masks have become compulsory, the Punjab government has also followed the suit.
05:14 PM Apr 21, 2022 IST | Kritika Bobal
covid 19 outbreak  these states make masks mandatory at crowded places amid increase in cases
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As the cases of Covid-19 were declining, the state governments decided to scrap masks and lift restrictions. But it seems that loosening of restrictions has led to the surge in cases yet again. Amid the high rise in Covid-19 cases, the Delhi government on Wednesday made the masks mandatory in public places and those violating the rule will be penalized Rs 500.

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After Delhi, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh where the masks have become compulsory, the Punjab government has also followed the suit. According to principal secretary Anurag Verma’s instruction, masks should be worn in public transportation (buses, trains, planes, taxis), cinema halls, shopping malls, department stores, classrooms, office spaces, and other indoor gatherings. The government in Chandigarh, the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana, had encouraged citizens to use face masks in crowded places.

Last week, the Uttar Pradesh government made the masks compulsory in seven districts bordering NCR, namely Gautam Budh Nagar, Lucknow, Ghaziabad, Hapur, Meerut, Bulandshahr, and Baghpat. Haryana also on Monday made masks mandatory in four districts, namely, Gurugram, Faridabad, Sonepat and Jhajjar.

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Punjab on Wednesday had reported 30 fresh Covid-19 cases while India reported 2,380 cases and 56 deaths in the 24 hours. Delhi reported 1,009 new Covid cases in the last 24 hours, a 60 percent rise from yesterday. The national capital contributes to around 40 percent of total cases.

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