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Mumbai Makes Wearing of Masks Compulsory at All Public Places, Violators Face Arrest

Currently, Maharashtra has the highest number of cases in the country at over 1,000 with Mumbai & its suburbs accounting for over 700 cases.

Mumbai: Wearing masks was made compulsory in all public places in India’s financial capital, Mumbai by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday. It is now mandatory to wear masks while stepping out for whatever reasons.

These masks may be standard mask available with the chemist or even homemade washable masks and can be reused after proper washing and disinfecting them.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday also urged people to use masks while going out of their homes to buy basic necessities.

People violating the rule will be penalised under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

“All persons will be moving for whatsoever purpose and under whatever reason authority in a public place, like street, hospital, office, markets must be wearing a three-ply mask or cloth mask compulsorily,” an order issued by Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi said.

Accordingly, he has ordered that any persons moving around in public places like streets, hospitals, offices, markets, etc, for whatever reasons must wear a face mask.

This would also be applicable to all people moving around in their official or personal vehicles at any site, office or workplace, besides attending any gatherings or meetings at workplaces.

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Maharashtra reported at least 150 more positive cases to take the state’s tally to 1,018. Maharashtra is the only state to have crossed the 1,000-mark in terms of positive cases while 12 more died in the state on Monday to take the toll to 64. At least 40 have died in Mumbai alone while more than 600 have tested positive in the country’s financial capital.

India has recorded 149 deaths linked to coronavirus, with 35 dying in the last 24 hours alone. The latest data from the Union Health Ministry takes the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country to 5,194 cases. This is the biggest spike in both the number of cases and deaths.

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