Those caught without a mask in Uttar Pradesh can face a fine of up to ₹ 10,000, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered today as part of new tougher rules to fight Covid in the state. The state has also announced a Sunday lockdown.
People caught without a mask will be fined ₹ 1,000 the first time and ₹ 10,000 the next.
Yogi Adityanath has also ordered a weekly lockdown in India’s most populous state when only essential services and activities will be allowed. This will be a weekly feature, according to officials.
Yesterday, the state announced that schools will be shut till May 15 and also postponed state board exams after reporting the highest-single day spike in coronavirus cases since the outbreak of the pandemic last year.
Uttar Pradesh reported 104 deaths and 22,439 fresh cases on Thursday, a record spike for the second day in a row after 20,510 cases on Wednesday.
A 7 pm to 8 am night curfew has been enforced in 10 districts.