Covid Spike In Delhi And 4 Other States, “Ensure People Wear Masks In Crowded Places”, Says Govt.

For the last few days, the Covid cases have been suddenly increasing in India, after several states relaxed Covid-19 curbs, including the mask mandate, in March. A sudden rise in the cases has been observed in Delhi and its neighbouring states. With this, the union health ministry on Tuesday, has directed the national capital as well as the other three states to ensure that the people wear masks in the crowded places. With authorities fearing a resurgence of the infection, both the centre and state governments are raising their shields again.

Amidst the rise in the Covid cases, the government’s decision on mix and match of the Covid-19 booster is expected to come in the next two weeks as the country’s daily cases count crossed the 2,000-mark again on Wednesday. 

The union government on Tuesday advised five states – Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi, Haryana and Mizoram, which are reporting a slight surge in Covid-19 cases – to monitor the spread and take prompt and precautionary steps. The Centre also stressed on the need to maintain ‘an effective watch and take early action to contain any imminent surge’ in a letter to Kerala, which, it said, was not reporting state-level data regularly.

For the second time this week, India’s daily cases crossed the 2,000-mark. In the last 24 hours, India logged 2,067 fresh infections – 66 per cent higher than the previous day. 40 new Covid-linked deaths were also reported, which is a matter of concern for the Centre as well as the state governments.

Now the masks will once again be mandatory in Delhi, and those found without masks will be fined ₹500. Haryana and Uttar Pradesh have already issued orders to districts part of the national capital region to make masks mandatory again. Schools in Delhi, meanwhile, will continue physical classes with adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour.

While the national daily positivity rate doubled in eight days and rose to 0.44 per cent on Wednesday. The positivity rate stood at 0.21 per cent on April 12. On the other hand, the weekly positivity rate on Wednesday was recorded at 0.38 per cent, according to the health ministry. 

Though the increase is still less than in other nations hit by an omicron varint-led surge, experts say that we must not let our guards down and continue to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour.

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