Shimla: Taking stern measures to check the control of Covid-19, Himachal Pradesh DGP S R Mardi on Monday announced that if any coronavirus positive patient in the state is found spitting on someone, he or she will be booked on charge of attempt to murder. In case the person spit upon contracts the virus and dies, the accused will face a murder charge. Also Read - Coronavirus: Should Delhi Hospitals be Reserved For Residents Only? 40% For, 60% Against CM Arvind Kejriwal's Idea

“And in case any person gets infected thus and dies of COVID-19, a case of murder would be registered against the accused patient,” he said in a video message to the media. Also Read - Mohammed Shami Confident of Getting Reverse Swing Despite Saliva Ban in Cricket Due to COVID-19

This announcement by the top cop comes in the light of reports of Tablighi Jamaat members spitting on doctors at quarantine centre in Delhi, and also reports of them hiding their travel history. Also Read - Coronavirus: With 2,287 New Cases Maharashtra at 72,300; Gujarat Reaches 17,632 With 415 Fresh Cases

Warning about the same, he said that concealing crucial information such as recent foreign and inter-state travel history, would also lead to a criminal case on attempt to murder or murder charge.

Meanwhile, to prevent COVID-19 transmission through spitting, the state last week prohibited the sale and use of chewing gum for three months.

With 7 new coronavirus cases reported on Monday, the total cases in the state has now reached 13. Among the total people infected, 1 has recovered and 1 has passed away.

All seven patients under treatment in Himachal are said to be members of the Tablighi Jamaat.