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Surat Police does a U-turn on masks, says violators will have to pay a fine

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Within 24 hours of the Surat Police department announcing that it will give masks to those found violating the mask rule, the department said violators will still have to pay the fine. Earlier the cops had said the violators would get masks instead of a fine.

City police commissioner Ajay Tomar said the department will not compromise on the issue of masks and that violators will have to cough up a fine. “People who won’t wear a mask will be fined. The message here is that everyone needs to wear the mask and if everyone does it then there is no need to penalize anyone,” said Tomar.

He urged citizens to wear a mask as it was the best defense against the disease and the department was not willing to compromise on the issue. It should be noted that as Surat registered a rise in cases, the police commissioner had held a meeting with BJP MP CR Patil and Surat Municipal Commissioner, and others and it was decided that they would follow the no fine, wear a mask policy.

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COVID in Gujarat/Surat

COVID cases in Gujarat touched a new high this year with per day cases reaching 1,961 in the last 24 hours while 1,405 patients were discharged. Seven deaths due to the disease were recorded during the same period. Four deaths were reported from Surat Municipal Corporation, two from Mahisagar and one from Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation in the last 24 hours.

The state at present has 9,372 active cases of which 81 are on ventilators. So far, the state has discharged 2,80,285 patients while the fatality stands at 4,473.  Ahmedabad recorded the highest number of per day cases with the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation registering 551 cases while it was 501 for the Surat Municipal Corporation.

 

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