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In Uttar Pradesh’s Firozabad, Violating Coronavirus Guidelines Can Land You In A ‘Mask Ki Class’

In Uttar Pradesh’s Firozabad district, people defying Coronavirus guidelines and venturing out without a mask will have to attend ‘Mask ki class’ and write ‘Mask lagaana hai’ 500 times

In Uttar Pradesh’s Firozabad, Violating Coronavirus Guidelines Can Land You In A ‘Mask Ki Class’
Highlights
  • UP'S Firozabad gets serious with people to wear masks
  • People defying COVID guidelines will be made to attend ‘mask ki class’
  • Coronavirus violators will have to write ‘mask lagaana hai’ 500 times

New Delhi: What a fine of Rs. 500 could not achieve, the back to classroom initiative hopes for better results. In Uttar Pradesh’s Firozabad people continue to venture out without wearing a face mask or face cover even as COVID-19 cases continue to increase. Now the Firozabad district administration has decided to school the defaulters, literally. They have come up with a unique ‘mask ki class’, which the violators have to attend to learn. The syllabus includes the importance of face mask, how to use it, what kind of mask to use, among other topics. Along with this, people found guilty will be made to write ‘mask lagaana hai’ (a mask has to be worn) 500 times.

Also Read: Electronic Care Support Network In Uttar Pradesh To Help Hospitals Treating COVID-19 Patients

Talking to NDTV about the initiative Chandra Vijay Singh, District Magistrate, Firozabad, said,

There are two reasons behind coming up with this school kind of punishment. Firstly, there are people who when found without a mask simply offer to pay fine. But our idea is not to collect fine from people rather make them understand the role of face mask in the fight against Coronavirus pandemic. Secondly, not everyone especially labour class can pay fine. In fact, we need to educate them in this time of crisis. Hence, we are resorting to this approach.

Firozabad district administration has two dedicated ‘COVID-19 Public Awareness Centre’ where violators are taken and made to take a three to four hours class dedicated to face masks.

As per the information shared by Mr Singh, each awareness center has a police official, doctor and an official from the district administration. In the class, the violators are first shown a video telling them about the need and benefits of wearing a mask. It is then followed by a session with medical experts.

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We are using two inter-colleges as COVID awareness centers. The walls have been covered with large banners detailing out the dos and don’ts and coronavirus guidelines which majorly include coughing etiquettes, hand hygiene, social distancing, among other things, said Mr Singh.

Mr Singh informed that the police personnel have been instructed to take every individual failing to comply with the guidelines to ‘mask ki class’ and provide exhaustive details to them.

Talking about the impact of the initiative, Mr Singh said,

We have just started it so can’t assess the results but I’m sure a person who happens to come here once would not like to repeat his/her mistake. People who loiter unnecessarily will learn a lesson after they are made to spend three to four hours in a room and attend a class.

Also Read: Uttar Pradesh Government Orders Lockdown On Every Weekend Amidst COVID-19 Spread

Impact Of Coronavirus In Firozabad

Firozabad, a district with a population of 24.98 lakh (Census 2011) has so far seen close to 600 cases by July 19. The recovery rate of 85.7 per cent is better than the state’s current recovery rate of 60.26 per cent. The fatality rate in the district is 6.18 per cent which is over the all India fatality rate of 2.43 per cent.

Agra, which is one of the worst-affected districts of Uttar Pradesh, is close to Firozabad. Now, since we are unlocking and the movement has been allowed, we are seeing a rise in Coronavirus cases but it’s still under control, said Mr Singh.

Also Read: COVID-19: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Instructs To Form 1 Lakh Teams For Effective Surveillance

NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

24,15,50,353Cases
20,31,59,099Active
3,34,78,247Recovered
49,13,007Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,15,50,353 and 49,13,007 have died; 20,31,59,099 are active cases and 3,34,78,247 have recovered as on October 20, 2021 at 3:48 am.

India

3,41,08,996 14,623Cases
1,78,0985,020Active
3,34,78,247 19,446Recovered
4,52,651 197Deaths
In India, there are 3,41,08,996 confirmed cases including 4,52,651 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,78,098 and 3,34,78,247 have recovered as on October 20, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,94,820 1,638

30,408 1,202

64,24,547 2,791

1,39,865 49

Kerala

48,68,640 7,643

80,857 2,922

47,60,781 10,488

27,002 77

Karnataka

29,84,022 349

9,129 64

29,36,926 399

37,967 14

Tamil Nadu

26,89,463 1,179

14,326 244

26,39,209 1,407

35,928 16

Andhra Pradesh

20,61,287 483

5,654 55

20,41,316 534

14,317 4

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,047 11

118 5

16,87,031 16

22,898

West Bengal

15,81,946 726

7,428 12

15,55,520 705

18,998 9

Delhi

14,39,441 36

322 24

14,14,029 11

25,090 1

Odisha

10,35,973 556

4,281 66

10,23,398 618

8,294 4

Chhattisgarh

10,05,701 20

188 1

9,91,943 21

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,392

38 5

9,45,400 5

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,326 18

185 8

8,16,055 26

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,700 10

79 2

7,82,098 12

10,523

Haryana

7,71,101 9

126 0

7,60,926 9

10,049

Bihar

7,26,033 5

42 2

7,16,330 7

9,661

Telangana

6,69,365 202

3,940 11

6,61,484 190

3,941 1

Assam

6,07,119 353

3,585 124

5,97,577 229

5,957

Punjab

6,02,081 22

216 3

5,85,316 20

16,549 5

Jharkhand

3,48,461 17

128 3

3,43,198 14

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,765 6

175 1

3,36,193 7

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,221 84

803 13

3,25,990 97

4,428

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,826 222

1,348 78

2,16,751 142

3,727 2

Goa

1,77,659 80

620 20

1,73,685 56

3,354 4

Puducherry

1,27,479 55

490 33

1,25,137 86

1,852 2

Manipur

1,22,899 95

1,358 25

1,19,640 116

1,901 4

Mizoram

1,14,466 665

10,768 606

1,03,305 1,269

393 2

Tripura

84,349 6

102 11

83,431 17

816

Meghalaya

83,079 65

740 37

80,900 101

1,439 1

Chandigarh

65,310 4

25 1

64,465 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,031 17

145 0

54,606 17

280

Sikkim

31,783 27

181 16

31,210 10

392 1

Nagaland

31,641 14

247 5

30,718 18

676 1

Ladakh

20,883 2

34 0

20,641 2

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,676

4 0

10,668

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,646 4

8 1

7,509 3

129

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