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Spitting in a public place in Noida would invite fine up to Rs1000

As new studies and information throw light on the details of the novel COVID-19
virus, several studies suggest the spread of the virus through saliva. The studies have
reported that the virus can survive in saliva for up to twenty-four hours, hailing it a
major source of infection if a healthy person were to be exposed to it. Due to this
reason, several state governments had decided to release laws which would prevent
the act of spitting and thus avoid the spread of the pandemic as much as possible.
Under the administration of Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath, the Noida authorities
have prohibited the act of spitting saliva, gutka or tobacco in public places. Any
violation of the said law would result in a penalty of Rs 500 for first-time offenders
and Rs 1000 for repeat offenders as per the order released by the authorities.
“With an objective to contain the spread of COVID-19, it’s directed that spitting, or
spitting gutka or tobacco publicly places is prohibited.

“Any violation of the order will attract a penalty of ₹500 for first-time offenders and
₹1,000 for repeat offenders,” Noida Authority Chief Executive Officer Ritu
Maheshwari stated in the order.

The district police had on Sunday announced extending the Criminal Procedure Code
section 144, which bars assembly of 4 or more people, till May 17, because the central
the government extended the nationwide lockdown by another fortnight during a bid to
check the spread of the virus.

Gautam Buddh Nagar, which falls within the ‘Red Zone’, has 34 containment zones and
has recorded 179 positive cases of coronavirus thus far, with 102 of those patients being
cured and discharged from hospitals, consistent with official figures.
Uttar Pradesh has emerged as one of the worst-hit hotspots in the country registering
2,776 COVID-19 cases.

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