Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced a steep ₹ 2,000 fine-up from the current ₹ 500 – for those caught without masks, to help control the coronavirus surge that’s in its third week.
The Chief Minister also appealed to all political parties and social organizations to distribute masks at public places in Delhi.
Kejriwal had repeatedly appealed to people with folded hands to wear masks and maintain safety norms. November has seen a sharp rise in virus-positive cases after the festive season, climate change, and high levels of pollution.
Over the last weeks, to grapple with the surge that had once crossed the 8,000 marks, the Centre has flown in para-medical personnel and increased the number of beds in hospitals.
At the press conference, Kejriwal said arrangements are being made for over 1,400 ICU beds, “including 663 in Delhi government hospitals and 750 at Centre-run facilities”.
The number of non-ICU beds for Covid patients in private hospitals will be raised from 50 percent to 60 percent. The decision to reserve 80 percent ICU beds in private hospitals for COVID-19 patients has been implemented, he added.