While danger bells continued to ring in the national capital Delhi with the increasing corona cases in the last few days, the Kejriwal-led state government on Thursday ramped to teach the careless citizen a lesson.
Besides restricting the number of attendees for marriage and other family gatherings from 200 to 50, the state government narrowed down on the fines after flunking the basic COVID protocol.
In the wake of a high surge in coronavirus cases in the last past week, the government has announced that the fine for not wearing a face mask has been increased to ₹2,000 from ₹500 earlier.
During a press conference on Thursday, Kejriwal urged the region heads and public to refrain from festival celebrations in huge numbers at temples.
The decision came after the Chief Minister held an all-party meet in the Capital.. It was also stated that arrangements for over 1,400 ICU beds, including 663 in Delhi government hospitals and 750 at Centre-run facilities are being made on a war footing.
The city has added 43,109 new cases (11% rise) since last week—nearly one in six of all cases reported in India. This has taken Delhi’s total case-load past 500,000. The situation has also worsened due to additional factors such as air pollution and the onset of the winter season.