Fine for not wearing mask in Delhi hiked to Rs 2,000; non-emergency operations to be stopped

The Delhi government on Thursday increased the fine for not wearing mask to Rs 2,000 from Rs 500, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Thursday. “People are wearing masks. But there is leniency as well. We need to tighten the screws. The fine which was Rs 500 so far has been increased to Rs 2,000,” Kejriwal said, addressing a press meet after an all-party meet held to address the Covid-19 situation of the Capital.

The government will also urge the hospitals to stall non-emergency operations so that Covid-19 patients get the maximum care, Kejriwal said. “If you have a tonsils operation, you can schedule it next month too as it is not emergency. We will request the hospitals in this regard,” the CM said. All private hospitals have been asked to reserve 80 per cent of their ICU beds and 60 per cent of non-ICU beds for Covid-19 patients

After the BJP blamed the AAP government — centering around the restrictions on Chhath Puja — for the present Covid-19 situation which breached all past records of daily infections and daily toll, Kejriwal said it is not time to indulge in politics. “ Why would I not want Delhi people to celebrate Chhath? It is an auspicious occasion and people should celebrate it but inside their house. Don’t gather outside at ponds and other waterbodies as it may cause a massive spread. I told all parties in the meet that it’s a difficult time for the people of Delhi when Covid-19 cases are rising. It’s 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.”

After the all-party meeting, Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta said the AAP government faltered in taking the right measures. “ If the Delhi government had taken the right measures people would not have had problems celebrating Chhath Puja together. Markets should remain open with Covid-19 guidelines. The need of the hour is ICU beds and ventilators,” Gupta said.

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