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Mask mandate to be lifted in Delhi? Here's what was discussed in DDMA's Covid meeting

In its last meeting in April, the DDMA had made it mandatory for people to wear face masks at public places prescribing a fine of Rs 500 against defaulters.

Sri Lasya Edited By: Sri Lasya @laasiyapriya New Delhi Updated on: September 22, 2022 23:30 IST
Earlier in the day, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal urged people
Image Source : PTI Earlier in the day, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal urged people to get the booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Highlights

  • DDMA may lift the Rs 500 fine on not wearing masks in public places
  • LG V K Saxena chaired the meeting, with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in attendance
  • It was decided to enhance the surveillance of ILI-SARI cases to detect any early warnings

The Department Of Delhi Disaster Management Authority on Thursday met to review the Covid-19 situation in the national capital. After the meeting, sources suggested, the DDMA may lift the Rs 500 fine on not wearing masks in public places along with scaling down the deployment of staff and equipment in hospitals in a phased manner as the city witnesses a steady decline in COVID-19 cases.

LG V K Saxena chaired the meeting, with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in attendance.

In its last meeting in April, the DDMA had made it mandatory for people to wear face masks at public places prescribing a fine of Rs 500 against defaulters.

In the Thursday meeting, it was decided to enhance the surveillance of ILI-SARI cases to detect any early warnings, said sources present in the meeting.

They said that there was also a consensus on bringing up the percentage of precautionary dose of vaccination that currently stands at 24, to at least 40 to 50 per cent.

"Deployment of staff and equipment in hospitals will be scaled down in a calibrated and phased manner and health department will prepare an action plan," said a source.

There was also an emphasis on analysing the genome sequencing data to detect any surge in cases or new variant, with the expert members also stressing that there is no need to let the guard down.

Earlier in the day, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal urged people to get the booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

"The DDMA meeting was held under LG sir's chairmanship. Took stock of the current situation of coronavirus. Several key decisions were taken. I appeal to all Delhiites to get booster doses of the vaccine.

"Keep your family safe from coronavirus in the festive season. Follow all the protocols to protect yourself from coronavirus," Kejriwal said in a tweet in Hindi.

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