Odisha has launched a 14 days mask abhiyan to counter the spread of covid 19 infection. Addressing the people of the state yesterday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik sought their cooperation in turning the use of mask into a habit to tackle the current resurgence of the virus. AIR correspondent reports that in order to ensure that the 14 days mask abhiyan gives results, the state government yesterday enhanced the fines for the violators from 1,000 rupees to 2000 rupees.
Bringing an amendment to the Odisha Covid-19 Regulations under the Epidemic Diseases Act-1897, the state government yesterday said that those who do not use mask properly in public places, will henceforth have to cough up 2000 rupees for violations for the first and second time and 5,000 rupees for the subsequent violations.
Meanwhile, the state’s covid-19 active case load mounted further to about 6000 with the detection of 1282 fresh cases yesterday, even as the state supassed a milestone in administering more than 40 lakh vaccine doses as on date.