Pay Rs 1,000 fine for not wearing masks, spitting in public

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Guwahati: Amid a massive spike in coronavirus cases in the state, the Assam government has imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on those flouting quarantine rules, not wearing masks, spitting tobacco in public places in the state.

The order issued on Tuesday is aimed at cracking down on those violating rules of safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

According to the order issued by Assam State Catastrophe Management (ASDMA), “Any person not wearing face mask and/ or spitting in public places shall be fined to the tune of Rs. 1000/- vide ASDMA’s earlier Order No. ASDMA/24/2020/Part-1/122 dt. 14/10/2020 which can also be imposed by District wise Task Force comprising of District Catastrophe Management Authority, Magistracy, Police, Enforcement wing of District Transport Officer and Enforcement wing of Guwahati Municipal Corporation in their respective jurisdictions.”

It also stated that any person violating the rules will be liable to be proceeded against as per provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Catastrophe Management Act, 2005, but even so legitimate action under sec 188 of IPC and other legitimate provisions as relevant.

The state saw a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases, which on Monday registered 1,367 fresh cases taking the tally to 2,25,822.

Out of the fresh cases, 482 cases have been reported from in and around Guwahati city in Kamrup Metro district. The other cases have been reported from Dibrugarh (109), Kamrup Rural (106), and Sonitpur (67).

Assam has also registered 7 deaths because of COVID-19, taking the fatality figure to 1,142. Of the seven deaths, four were reported from Kamrup Metro and the remaining ones from Baksa, Cachar, and Kamrup Rural each and every.

The COVID-19 positivity rate in the state used to be recorded at 2.09% on Monday. The state tested 65,410 samples.

Assam now has 6,316 active cases, while 2,17,017 people have so far been cured of the disease, taking the recovery rate to 96.10%.

The Bodoland/ Assam / India / International

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