Lucknow: In a big move, Uttar Pradesh government has announced 28-day paid leave for all coronavirus-infected employees and those who are under quarantine after coming in contact with another person. Employees need to present a mandatory medical certificate at the time of joining duty again in order to avail the benefit.Also Read - Tomato Flu: 26 Cases Detected In Odisha | All You Need To Know About This Disease

The relief also includes employees working at shops, commercial establishments, and factories with 10 or more employees that have been shut due to local administration orders. Also Read - Employees Back to Office, But More Than 70% of TCS Techies Likely to Work From Home Till The End of 2022. Deets Here

“Employees, workmen affected by Covid-19 or who are suspected to be affected by the virus and kept in isolation will be provided paid leave of 28 days by their employers. Such leave shall be permissible when such workman or employees provide/submit a medical certificate in this regard to their employer or authorised person at time of joining duty after fitness,” read a notification issued by the government last week. Also Read - India Detects Another Omicron Sub-variant BA.5, NRI on Gujarat Visit Tests Positive For Virus

Notably, the Uttar Pradesh government has raised the fine for not wearing a face mask in public places. Those who are caught without a face mask in public will have to pay a fine of Rs 1,000.

Uttar Pradesh on Monday logged 33,574 new COVID-19 cases and 249 deaths in the last 24 hours. A total of 26,719 recoveries have been recorded,, while the active cases remain at 3,04,199.