Rs 2,000 fine to be imposed for not wearing mask in Delhi: Kejriwal

New Delhi (NVI): The Delhi government today announced that Rs 2,000 fine will be imposed on those found without wearing a mask in the national capital.

While addressing the media, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the government has decided to hike the fine from Rs 500 to Rs 2,000 to ensure people comply with the rules.

He said that wearing a mask regularly could reduce the spread of virus significantly.

“A fine of Rs 2000 will be imposed on anyone who is found not wearing a mask at a public place,” he said.

The Chief Minister appealed to all political parties and social organisations to distribute masks at public places in Delhi.

Kejriwal also assured Delhiites that enough beds are available in the hospitals in the national capital to treat people.

Earlier today, the Delhi CM held an all-party meeting where he appealed for a united effort to fight the pandemic. “It is 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,” he said.

Over the last weeks, to grapple with the surge that had once crossed the 8,000 mark, the Centre has flown in para-medical personnel and increased the number of beds in hospitals.

On Wednesday evening, health ministry data showed that over the previous 24 hours, the national capital had logged 7,486 new coronavirus cases, taking the infection tally in the city to over 5 lakh.

Data also showed that the number of fatalities recorded was 131 — the highest single-day count in Delhi till date, pushing the number of deaths to 7,943.