New Delhi: Looking at the rising cases of coronavirus, the Haryana government on Thursday night issued an order to completely seal the border with Delhi. An announcement to this effect was made by state health minister Anil Vij in a tweet on Thursday. Also Read - Coronavirus: Now People Spitting in Public Places Will be Fined Rs 500 in Haryana | Read Details Here

The move was taken after the state government expressed concern over the alarming rate of increase in the coronavirus cases because of people travelling from the national capital. Also Read - Borders Sealed, But Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari Crosses Into Haryana to Play Cricket

The Delhi High Court had earlier this month intervened and asked Haryana to allow those involved in essential services to travel between the state and Delhi.

The Haryana government had last month sealed its border with Delhi after Vij said many who work in Delhi and stay in Haryana have become corona-carriers.

Taking preventive measure, the state government on Wednesday said not wearing masks or spitting in public places will invite a fine of Rs 500 and the offender will have to pay it in cash at the spot.

Making the announcement, Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij said that block development and panchayat officers, tehsildar and naib tehsildar in rural areas and executive officers of municipal committees or corporations in urban areas will have the power to impose the fine on violators.

He also said that the police station house officers and medical officers, as designated by civil surgeons, on hospitals, community health centre and primary health centre premises, will have the power to impose the fine.

Anil Vij, who is also the health minister, a week ago, had said the Haryana government is mulling imposing fine on those not wearing masks and violating social distancing norms.

However, it was felt that as people are being asked to maintain social distancing in public places, to implement the orders for the purpose of collecting fine may not be practically possible.

The development comes as the state on Wednesday reported one more COVID-19 fatality, which took the total number of deaths due to the infection to 18 in the state, even as cases continued to pour in from four districts in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Of the total fresh cases, worst-hit NCR districts of Faridabad reported 25 cases, Gurgaon 20 cases, Sonipat 11 cases and Jhajjar four cases.

According to the bulletin, Haryana has tested 1,04,747 people, out of which 99,555 were found negative while reports of 3,811 samples were awaited.