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Covid surge; Leh makes masks compulsory in public places

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Active infection cases in India rise to 4,394

STATE TIMES NEWS

Leh/Jammu: Amid rising COVID-19 cases, the Leh district administration on Monday said wearing masks in public places will be mandatory for people.
Leh recorded 11 COVID-19 cases last week.
“In view of rising COVID-19 cases in the district, precautionary measures to contain the spread of COVID-19… are hereby ordered to be followed strictly.
“People must ensure compulsory wearing of facemasks in offices, workplaces and public places, including public transport,” District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) CEO Santosh Sukhadeve said in an official order.
The order also asked people to maintain social distancing in offices and public places.
“The general public shall avoid unnecessary gathering and visiting crowded places.
All Heads of departments (HoDs) of Leh district and all sub-divisional magistrates shall ensure the compliance of this order,” Sukhadeve said. The chief medical officer will ensure rigorous surveillance and submit daily status reports on COVID-19 to the DDMA, he said.
Meanwhile, India has logged 636 new cases of COVID-19, while the number of active cases of the infection have increased to 4,394, the health ministry said.
Three new fatalities due to Covid– two from Kerala and one from Tamil Nadu — have been reported in a span of 24 hours, according to the ministry’s data updated at 8 am.
The number of daily cases had dropped to double-digits till December 5 last year, but cases have again gone up after emergence of a new variant and cold weather conditions.
The daily numbers were in lakhs at the peak of the pandemic, which began in early 2020 and has seen more than 4.5 crore people getting infected and over 5.3 lakh deaths in about four years since then across the country.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease stands at over 4.4 crore with a national recovery rate of 98.81 per cent, according to the ministry’s website. According to the website, 220.67 crore doses of Covid vaccines have so far been administered in the country.

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