The Delhi government on Thursday increased the fine for not wearing mask to Rs 2,000 from Rs 500, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Thursday. “People are wearing masks. But there is leniency as polite. We want to tighten the screws. The fine which was once Rs 500 so far has been increased to Rs 2,000,” Kejriwal said, addressing a press meet after an all-party meet held to address the Covid-19 situation of the Capital.
The government will also urge the hospitals to stall non-emergency operations in order that Covid-19 patients get the maximum care, Kejriwal said. “If in case you have a tonsils operation, you’ll schedule it next month too as it isn’t emergency. We will be able to request the hospitals in this regard,” the CM said. All private hospitals have been asked to reserve 80 per cent of their ICU beds and 60 per cent of non-ICU beds for Covid-19 patients
After the BJP blamed the AAP government — centering around the restrictions on Chhath Puja — for the present Covid-19 situation which breached all past records of day-to-day infections and day-to-day toll, Kejriwal said it isn’t time to indulge in politics. “ Why would I not want Delhi people to celebrate Chhath? It is an auspicious occasion and people will have to celebrate it but within their house. Don’t gather outdoor. I told all parties in the meet that it’s a difficult time for the people of Delhi when Covid-19 cases are rising. It’s not the time for politics, there is an entire lifetime for it. We will have to set aside politics & allegations for a couple of days. This is the time to serve people.”
After the all-party assembly, Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta said the AAP government faltered in taking the correct measures. “ Whether the Delhi government had taken the correct measures people do not have had problems celebrating Chhath Puja together. Markets will have to remain open with Covid-19 guidelines. The need of the hour is ICU beds and ventilators,” Gupta said.