COVID-19 in Bengal: wearing masks when you step out of home is now mandatory

The West Bengal government on Sunday made it compulsory for people to wear masks especially in public places to check the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

In the order, people have been asked to cover their nose and mouth either with masks or any available piece of clothing like “dupatta, gamcha, handkerchief” or any other protective covering.

Prior to Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Maharashtra, Chandigarh and Odisha among others had made it compulsory to wear masks in public.

The step has been taken as COVID-19 virus is known to spread through droplets emitted while talking, coughing or sneezing. Wearing masks will thus help in limiting the spread of infection to a large extent.

Till Sunday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Bengal was 95. The number of persons who died due to COVID-19 increased to seven on Sunday. The Indian Council Of Medical Research (ICMR) has authorized seven testing centres in the state to conduct tests for COVID-19.

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