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Manipur district bans spitting in public spaces

Correspondent IMPHAL, Apr 17 | Publish Date: 4/17/2020 9:41:45 AM IST

A district of Manipur has banned spitting in public places which is now a punishable offence under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, in a bid to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Violation of the ban will attract a fine of Rs 200, as per order of Bishnupur district deputy commissioner issued on Thursday. Complete ban of spitting in public spaces will be implemented with immediate effect in the entire district.

The order further imposed complete ban of sale of any kind of liquor, gutka, tobacco by any shop or person in the state.

The DC also announced mandatory wearing of face mask or some kind of face cover to completely cover the nose and mouth while stepping out in public in the district.

The DC authorised police to levy fine against any person found violating any of the bans included in the order under section 51 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005. 

Challan of Rs 200 will be issued on the spot against any offenders, as per the order.

The bans were enforced in pursuance of the National Guidelines for COVID-19 Management issued by the Union ministry of home affairs recently, the order stated.

The spitting in public places in Manipur is related to widespread chewing of paan and gutka.

According to experts, spit can be dangerous to public health as COVID-19 spreads through respiratory droplets released from nose and mouth.

Currently, the world is struggling to contain the spread of the novel corona virus as it has spread to 210 countries and territories infecting more than 22 lakh people and causing more than 1.47 lakh fatalities worldwide.

Manipur also has two confirmed cases, of which one had recovered while the other is receiving treatment at a  COVID-19 hospital in Imphal.

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