Mumbai: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that the fine has been increased to Rs 2,000 for not wearing a mask in view of the rising COVID-19 cases in the national capital.
Addressing a press conference after an all-party meeting to discuss the COVID-19 situation in Delhi, the Chief Minister said that all the parties agreed that we are one for all and it is time to serve the people of Delhi.
“In Delhi, a large number of people are wearing masks, but still some have not worn them. A fine of Rs 2,000 will be imposed on anyone not found wearing a mask in a public place. So far it was Rs 500. If you wear a mask, there are fewer chances of people contracting COVID-19. I appeal to all religious, social organizations and political parties to distribute masks,” Kejriwal said.
“They gave us suggestions and we will look into it. I told all the parties in the meeting that it is a difficult time for the people of Delhi when the cases of COVID are increasing. It is not the time for politics, there is an entire lifetime for it. We should set aside politics and allegations for a few days. This is the time to serve people,” he said.
Delhi recorded 7,486 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the infection tally in the city to over 5 lakh, while 131 new fatalities, the highest single-day count to date, pushed the number of deaths to 7,943, authorities said.
The number of active cases in the city has now risen to 42,458 from 42,004, the previous day. The total number of cases has climbed to 5,03,084.