Rautahat District Administration Office has urged residents to follow basic health protocols strictly as the second wave of coronavirus has struck the district.

As many as 31 people tested positive for the virus with the onset of the second wave of the virus in the district.

The administration decided to fine people if they did not wear face masks in public places. The decision was taken after people did not adopt basic health safety measures.

The District COVID Crisis Management Centre's meeting yesterday had decided to impose fine of Rs 100 on people not wearing masks. Chief District Officer Indra Dev Yadav said the meeting had also decided to establish quarantine facility in every local level, add 25 beds in Gaur Hospital, 100 beds in Dharahari and establish isolation centre with 40 beds in Chandranigahapur.

He warned that infected people staying in home isolation would be kept in the community quarantines if they did not follow safety measures at home. Yadav informed that security had been tightened in the border areas.

CDO Yadav said that the infected had been told not go shopping. He said locals had complained that people staying in home isolation were freely roaming in the market area, and added that the concerned municipalities would keep the infected in its quarantine facilities if they came out of their houses.

CDO Yadav, SP Siddhibikram Shah, APF SP Surya Bahadur Sen Oli, SP Mukunda Khadka of National Investigation Department, Gaur Municipality Mayor Ajaya Kumar Gupta, people's representatives, Rautahat Chambers of Commerce and Industry Chairman Pandit Jayswal, among others, reached different chowks and distributed face masks. They have also warned the people with action if they flouted government rules.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 22, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.