Punjab government has made wearing of face masks mandatory in public places after the state witnessed a steady rise in new Covid-19 cases.
The State Home Affairs Department has issued an advisory saying "wearing of appropriate masks shall be ensured in all educational institutions, government and private offices and indoor/outdoor gatherings, malls, public places...for the prevention of further spread of the virus in the population and for the well-being of every individual."
The government has urged people to strictly follow Covid-appropriate behaviour such as social distancing, respiratory etiquette and no spitting at public places. Anyone having symptoms of Covid-19 must get tested and follow the protocol, the statement said, pointing out that the number of positive cases, positivity rate and hospitalisation are showing an upward trend
All hospitals, labs, collection centres offering testing for Covid-19 should upload details of tests, including positive and negative results, on COVA Portal of the state government and also intimate the respective district and state Covid-19 cell, it said.
It further said those due for the second dose and precautionary dose of vaccine must take them at the earliest.
India reported nearly 16,000 new Covid cases and 68 fatalities—including 24 deaths revised by Kerala—on Saturday. The country's COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.54 per cent, the health ministry said. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 4.36 per cent, while the weekly rate was 4.79 per cent. The case fatality rate stands at 1.19 per cent.