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Amid spike in Covid cases, face masks mandatory in Leh

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LEH: Amid sudden spike of COVID-19 cases in Ladakh, the administration has made wearing of face masks mandatory for public in Leh district of the union territory.
As per an order issued by District Magistrate Shrikant Balasaheb Suse on Thursday, the wearing of facemasks is mandatory for the people in public places in Leh to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
In case of any violation of the order, the violator will be fined Rs 500, the DM said.
Ladakh has reported seven fresh Covid cases that took the infection tally to 28,418, officials said.
All the new cases were recorded in Leh, they said.
So far, 228 people have succumbed to COVID-19 in Ladakh. Of these, 168 deaths were reported from Leh and 60 from Kargil, according to officials.
The number of active cases stands at 79 — all in Leh, they said.
A total of 174 sample reports were tested in Ladakh. Of them, 122 in Leh and 45 reports in Kargil were found to be negative, officials said.
Five people were discharged from hospitals — four in Leh and one from Kargil — taking the overall recoveries to 28,110, officials said.
As many as 73 passengers were screened at the Leh airport, 851 passengers, including drivers and helpers of trucks and light motor vehicles, were screened at Khaltse and 307 were screened at Upshi check post on the highway, they added.
The number of active Covid cases has gone up to 78 in Ladakh — 77 in Leh and one in Kargil.
Meanwhile, the Ladakh administration ordered a 15-day summer vacation in all government and private educational institutes in Leh district in the wake of a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases in the Union territory.
“In the wake of the recent spike in the Covid cases, especially among children, it will appropriate to pre-pone the summer vacations in all government and private schools in Leh district as a measure to break the chain of infection,” District Magistrate, Leh, Shrikant Balasahib Suse said in an order.
The summer vacations will now begin from July 4.
Further, as per an order issued by the Ladakh Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (LACAL), the Ladakh children festival, which was scheduled to begin from July 4, has been postponed and new dates will be communicated later.

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