Punjab collects Rs 15 crore in Covid fines, mostly from non-mask wearers

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THE PUNJAB government has collected a whopping Rs 15 crore in fines amid the Covid-19 pandemic for violations ranging from not wearing masks, to spitting in public places to flouting home quarantine and social distancing guidelines.
The lion’s share of the amount (Rs 14.90 crore) came from those not wearing masks in public places (till July 31), showed official data accessed by The Indian Express. As many as 3,54,173 people were fined in the state and 1,460 FIRs were registered for this violation.
The highest number of FIRs for not wearing masks was registered in Jalandhar (551), followed by Ludhiana (291) and Batala police district (258). Ludhiana and Jalandhar have reported the highest number of Covid cases and deaths so far. While Ludhiana has recorded 115 deaths and 3,714 cases so far, Jalandhar has reported 2,610 cases and 55 deaths. Amritsar has reported 1,985 cases and 85 deaths.

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