Masks are compulsory again in Delhi

There is a possibility of a lockdown again given high cases

No social distancing, no masks, and heightened socializing are factors to blame (Image: Pexels)

As of 16th April, Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) has accounted for 52.5% of the total covid cases in India, which is way up from 11.8% on 1st April. The government is likely to impose safety protocols once again.

Unfortunately once again, Covid-19 cases are steadily rising across the country, especially in Delhi NCR. As per the reports of 16th April, Delhi-NCR is responsible for 52.5% of the total number of Covid-19 cases in the nation. On 1st April, it accounted for 11.8% of the cases.

According to the officials, there is nothing to worry about because active monitoring and surveillance of the entire situation are imperative. According to the health bulletin of the Delhi government on Tuesday, 632 fresh Covid-19 cases have been reported in the last 24 hours. However, the hospitalizations’ number is very low, and the number of deaths because by Covid is very few.

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Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is monitoring the state closely and has directed the officials for resorting to aggressive testing, putting a higher emphasis on vaccination, and arresting the spread of the viruses. Schools are asked to start sanitization protocols frequently.

Amidst the increase in Covid-19 cases in Delhi, the DDMA made wearing face masks compulsory once again in the national capital. Anyone found in public without masks will be punished with a fine of Rs 500 fine.

Schools are not likely to be closed in Delhi. Reports have been there that the hybrid model of teaching in the schools will return because several children have been affected by the virus. The authorities are also asserting rules for social events and gatherings such as weddings.

What caused this surge?

According to the scientists and researchists, the removal of all Covid-19 restrictions, reopening of schools for offline classes, heightening economic activity, and socializing may be the primary factors to spike the number of Covid-19 cases in the capital and its surrounding areas. Only after two weeks of the removal of Covid-19 restrictions have people been attending meetings and intermingling. The same is reflected in the economic activity and social mobility, which were more than in the pre-pandemic era, according to Chandrakant Lahariya, a physician-epidemiologist. 

Studies on viral dynamics have shown that face masks have proved to be the most efficient solution for minimizing the spread of the Covid-19 virus from an infected person. The Sars-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19, spreads primarily through airborne droplets that are spread in a case when an infected individual coughs, talks, or exhales. Once exhaled, the particles of the virus drastically lose their potential for causing the infections within a few minutes.

Prepare for another lockdown?

The minor variations in the Covid-19 cases must not be a reason to panic, but also, it is not the time for us to lower our guard. People having symptoms must excuse themselves from their routing settings like public transport, offices, and others, and get themselves tested. In private setups, the salaries of individuals must not be reduced or deducted in case the individual having Covid-19 symptoms remains absent or needs to get tested.

There is a strong advisory to get vaccinated as soon as you can if you’re allowed to and continue wearing masks regardless of the mandate. Social distancing and good handwashing practices are concepts we should not get rid of even as the wave subsides. 


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