The Greater Visakha police have started enforcing stringent measures against persons found breaking the mask rule in public. The mask enforcement drive comes in the wake of the surge in fresh Covid-19 cases in the state and to increase awareness among the public.
In a matter of 14 days, police booked 50,037 cases. Police registered 2,257 cases on the first day and by the second day of the drive, this number had crossed 3,000. Till April 6, the number of cases crossed 3,000 every day with the highest number registered on March 29 (5,913) and the lowest on April 8 (1,579). Police expect the numbers to rise further in the coming days.
“The drive started on March 27 with a two-fold strategy, including creating awareness and penalizing in a small way those violating the Covid-19 protocol of not wearing a mask,” city police commissioner Manish Kumar Sinha.
The police chief has participated in the enforcement and awareness drive on the beach road. Pedestrians and those traveling on bikes were made aware of the importance of using masks in public as a social responsibility.
In most of the cases, a penalty was imposed on vehicle drivers for not wearing masks, police said. The enforcement drive was conducted by the Vizag city police department, including law and order, crime, traffic, and armed reserve forces.
The city police commissioner said that cops would continue to pursue the mask enforcement drive in order to bring about more awareness on and compliance with Covid-19 protocols and to ensure Covid-19 appropriate behavior by the public.
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