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Covid 19: Delhi govt makes face masks, covers mandatory in view of rising cases, fine of ₹500 on violators

A new sub-variant of COVID's Omicron variant was detected in New Delhi recently. The new sub-variant has been identified as BA-2.75 which was detected in a study report of 90 samples sent for genome sequencing.

Paras Bisht Edited By: Paras Bisht @ParasBisht15 New Delhi Updated on: August 11, 2022 12:43 IST
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Image Source : PTI A healthcare worker takes a swab sample from a man for Covid-19 testing.

Highlights

  • Delhi govt makes face masks, covers mandatory
  • Fine ₹500 on people for not wearing masks
  • A new sub-variant of COVID's Omicron variant was detected in Delhi recently

Covid-19 cases in Delhi: In the wake of a sudden surge of new Covid-19 cases in the national capital, the Delhi government has made wearing of masks in public places mandatory and a fine of Rs 500 will be imposed on violators. The decision was taken by the DDMA after noticing that people were not adhering to wearing of masks at public places.

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A new sub-variant of COVID's Omicron variant was detected in New Delhi, according to an official on Wednesday. The new sub-variant has been identified as BA-2.75 which was detected in a study report of 90 samples sent for genome sequencing. Dr Suresh Kumar, Medical Director of LNJP Hospital said that the new sub-variant has more transmissibility which infects even those with antibodies.

"Omicron's subvariant BA-2.75 has been found in the report. It has more transmission rate. This has emerged in the study report of 90 samples sent for genome sequencing. This new sub-variant also attacks people already having antibodies and also those who have taken the COVID vaccines in their body," Dr Suresh Kumar said.

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