India’s two largest cities make wearing face masks mandatory

Mumbai and New Delhi have both mandated face masks for people who leave their homes, in joint announcements made Wednesday.

Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “Wearing of facial masks can reduce the spread of corona virus substantially. Therefore, it has been decided that facial masks will be compulsory for anyone stepping out of their house. Cloth mask shall be eligible too.”

In Mumbai, the Maharashtra government announced that a three-ply mask or a cloth mask will be mandatory in the city limits and that local police will take legal action against violators.

A total of 5,916 cases of coronavirus, including 178 deaths, have been recorded in India, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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