Indian capital's high court says wearing masks in vehicles compulsory

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NEW DELHI, April 7 (Xinhua) -- The high court of India's Delhi Wednesday ruled that it was compulsory to wear mask in vehicle even when driving alone.

The court described car as "public place" and said mask was a safety armour for those wearing it as well as those around.

The court's order came in a petition involving fines.

"Even if you are alone in the car, why object to wearing a mask? It is for your own safety," the court said. "The pandemic crisis has increased. Whether a person is vaccinated or not, they should wear masks."

The court said when a car stops at a traffic signal, a driver often has to roll down the window.

With Wednesday's order Delhi's high court has upheld the local government's decision to make it mandatory for those travelling alone in cars to wear masks.

The court said scientists, researchers and governments worldwide emphasize on wearing masks to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Several petitions were filed by lawyers last year challenging the imposition of a monetary fine on those not wearing masks while travelling alone in a private car.

India is witnessing a resurgence in COVID-19 cases.

India's federal health ministry Wednesday morning said 115,736 new COVID-19 cases, the highest ever single-day spike, and 630 related deaths were registered in the past 24 hours across the country. Enditem

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