Covid-19: Spitting and tobacco consumptioninpublicplaces toattract 2,000 finein Delhi PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 20 NOVEMBER Spitting and consumption of tobacco in public places, violation of Covid-19 quarantine rules, not wearing of masks and not maintaining social distancing will now attract a fine of Rs 2,000 in the national capital, according to a notification issued by the Delhi government on Friday. The increase in the fine amount from earlier Rs 500 came as the national capitalrecorded a spike in coronavirus cases. The notification was issued by the health department following Lt Governor Anil Baijal's approval. On Thursday, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced sweeping measures to tackle the pandemic, including asteep Rs 2,000 fine for not wearing masks, reservation of BO per cent ICU beds in private hospitals and doubling of testing centres in every district. The national capital has witnessed a spurt in coronavirus cases since October 28, when the daily rise breached the 5,000-mark for the first time, and it crossed the 8,000-mark on November 11. Meanwhile, Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain said The notification was issued by the health department following Lt Governor Anil Baljal's approval on Friday that the gradual reduction in the number of new Covid-19 cases and the positivity rate is a "clear indicator thatthe spread ofthe virus is decreasing in the national capital, . The minister announced that governmentrates would apply for the normal, nonICU beds reserved in private hospitals by the Delhi government for Covid-19 patients. "The positivity rate was 15.26 per cent on Novem ber 7. It is less than 11 per cent now. The maximum number of cases (8,593) were reported on November 10,' Jain said. "The positivity rate has come down and the number of cases is also reducing gradually. It is a clear indicator that the spread of the virusis decreasing in Delhi,' he told reporters. The average death rate across the countryis 1.48 per cent, and in Delhi, it is 1.57 per cent, Jain said, adding that it was around 3.50 per cent in June.