New Delhi: Sources said Delhi residents may soon be fined for not wearing masks in public as covid cases are on the rise in and around the national capital. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), which oversees the city’s fight against the epidemic, sources said. A fine of Rs 500 may be imposed for not wearing a mask, sources said.
The schools will remain open and guidelines on how to prevent the spread of infection on campuses will be issued after discussions with experts, sources said. The meeting also discussed whether the inspection should be expedited. Sources said that the pace of immunization in the national capital is likely to increase.
Covid cases have been on the rise in the capital for the past few days. According to a bulletin released yesterday, the number of daily cases rose by 26 per cent to 632 over the previous day.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister’s Garib Kalyan scheme, has extended the insurance period for health workers engaged in covid preventive activities to six months. The Union Ministry of Health has extended the insurance period to ensure the safety of those who depend on health workers engaged in covid prevention activities.
Under the scheme, which was launched in March 2020, 1905 health workers who died as part of the covid preventive measures have been covered by insurance. Under the scheme, more than 22 lakh health workers in the country are covered by an insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh.