Covid-19 Pandemic: Haryana government makes masks mandatory in 4 districts

New Delhi:

The Haryana government on Monday made wearing of face masks mandatory in four districts which are part of the National Capital Region (NCR). Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said that in view of the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Gurugram over the last few days, wearing of masks has been made mandatory there and in three other districts of Faridabad, Sonipat and Jhajjar.

He said that out of 234 coronavirus cases reported in Haryana on Monday, 198 were reported from Gurugram alone, while 21 cases were reported from Faridabad. 

“But more than half of the districts have zero or very few cases,” Vij said.

Vij said that a team led by Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Rajiv Arora has been asked to study why the cases are increasing in Gurugram. Its report is yet to come.

“However, as a precautionary measure, we have made wearing of masks mandatory in districts adjoining the national capital. Wearing masks will be mandatory with immediate effect. Those not wearing masks will be fined,” he said.

“We are studying which areas are witnessing a boom in Gurugram,” Vij said in response to a question. 

Replying to another question, he said that some samples have been sent to Rohtak to see which variant is in circulation in Gurugram.

“The health department is fully prepared to deal with any situation. We are ready, our staff is ready, we have enough beds, equipment, oxygen,” Vij said.

The Haryana government’s decision comes on a day when Uttar Pradesh made it mandatory for people to wear face masks in public places in six districts of Lucknow and NCR.

The districts where wearing masks have been made mandatory by the Uttar Pradesh (UP) government are Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Hapur, Meerut, Bulandshahr and Baghpat.


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