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Better use 'Aarogya Setu' app in Noida or else be ready to face punishment

Action will also be taken against people going outdoors without a face mask or spitting in public places

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BS Web Team & Agencies  |  Noida 

Aarogya Setu app
Aarogya Setu is a mobile application developed by the central government to connect essential health services with the people to fight Covid-19

Not having Aarogya Setu app on smartphone while out in public in or Greater will be considered a violaton of rules and the person will be punished.

Action will also be taken against people going outdoors without a face mask or spitting in public places, Gautam Buddh Nagar police said, news agency PTI reported.

Aarogya Setu is a mobile application developed by the central government to connect essential health services with the people to fight Covid-19.

The app is aimed at augmenting the initiatives of the Centre, particularly the Department of Health, in proactively reaching out to and informing the users of the app regarding risks, best practices and relevant advisories pertaining to the containment of Covid-19.

"If smartphone users do not have the 'Aarogya Setu' app installed on their mobile phones, then that will be punishable and considered a violation of the directions," Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, Law and Order, Ashutosh Dwivedi said.

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The district police had on Sunday announced extending the Criminal Procedure Code section 144, which bars assembly of four or more people, till May 17, as the central government extended the nationwide by another two weeks in a bid to check the spread of the virus.

"Spitting in public places will attract punishment along with a fine. Not wearing a face mask in public places or offices will also be a punishable offence.

During the lockdown period, political, social, religious, sports gatherings as well as protest marches and rallies will remain banned across and Greater Noida, the official said in the order.

"The central government has extended the lockdown till May 17 in view of the pandemic. Gautam Buddh Nagar has been identified as 'red zone' and hotspots have been identified here. During this duration, all guidelines of the lockdown are to be followed," he said.

Gautam Buddh Nagar, which falls in the 'Red Zone', has 34 containment zones and has recorded 179 positive cases of so far, with 102 of these patients being cured and discharged from hospitals, according to official figures.

First Published: Wed, May 06 2020. 08:04 IST
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