‘Compulsory community service’ at Covid-19 centers for those not wearing masks: Gujarat High Court

Community Service India

On Wednesday, the High Court of Gujarat ordered the local government to obligate community service at the patient care center of COVID-19 along with charging a fine, for the people who breach the guideline of wearing masks on public premises.

This decision was taken by a bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice JB Pardiwala. The bench mentioned in an order that the COVID-19 patient care center should impose a duty on the violators under the community service rules for up-to 15 days. The duty must be served for at least four to six hours daily. However, the number of hours in a day may vary as per the local authority’s decision.

The High Court announced this order while hearing a PIL (Public Interest Litigation) seeking directions to make community service compulsory at the COVID-19 Patient Care Center for those who infringe the guideline of wearing a mask.

Due to a sharp rise in the infections, Gujarat’s tally of total cases in swelling rapidly. Detection of 1,477 new cases of COVID-19 in Gujarat has increased the total number of infected people to 2,11,257. The State Health Department said the total number of fatalities rose to 4,004 due to 15 more patients succumbing to the infection.

The department informed that on Tuesday, 1,547 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovering. So far a total of 1,92,368 people has been discharged from the hospitals. A release read that the recovery-rate from COVID-19 in Gujarat is around 91%. Until now, a total of 78,94,467 samples has been tested in the state. Also, The Union Health Ministry reported that, in the last 24 hours, 36,604 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported all around the country and 501 patients have succumbed to the infection. The total number of people infected within the country is nearly 10 million. and the number of fatalities has increased to 1,38,122.

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