Kerala govt re-imposes mask rule, warns of strict action against violation

Thiruvananthapuram: 

Amid the rising concern of coronavirus pandemic, the Kerala government on Wednesday announced wearing masks are mandatory in the state. The government further warned against the violation of the rules. 

Dr V P Joy (Chief Secretary), by the order of the state governor said, “…In exercise of the powers conferred under section 20 (3) of the Disaster Management Act 2005, hereby orders that wearing of masks in all public places, gatherings, workplaces and during transport will be compulsory in the state. Violation of above instructions shall be punishable under the provisions of DM Act and other relevant laws in force.” 

It should be noted that other states have also mandated wearing masks in public places and private gatherings such that includes New Delhi, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh owing to the sudden surge in the Covid-19 cases across the nation.  

In the past 24 hours, the nation has reported 2,927 new cases as per the

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. However, as many as 32 patients have been succumbed to the infection in the last 24 hours. It led the death toll to

5,23,654.

The active caseload in the country has also increased from 15,636 to 16,279 and the active cases account for 0.04 per cent of the total cases.

The daily cases positivity rate in India has also seen a rise from 0.55 per cent (on Tuesday) to 0.58 per cent (on Wednesday), while the weekly positivity rate stands at 0.59. 

(With inputs from ANI)

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