Getting Careless : Health Ministry Expresses Concern, Says India’s 50 % Population Not Wearing Masks

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As India battles the second covid-19 wave, the Union health ministry in a statement has said that 50 per per cent of the country’s population isn’t wearing a mask, as it shared an update about Covid-19 situation in India.

At the media briefing, health ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said that eight states have more than 1 lakh active cases of Covid-19, nine states have 50,000 to 1 lakh active cases and 19 states have less than 50,000 active cases of the infection.

The ministry’s statement on facial masks is based on a survey carried out in 25 cities, which involved 2,000 respondents.

According to the survey, cited by the health ministry and posted on Twitter by the ministry of information and broadcasting, of the 50 per cent people who do not wear mask, 64 per cent cover mouth but not nose, 20 per cent have it on chin and two per cent on the neck.

Only 14 per cent people wear the mask correctly, said the survey, which covers nose, mouth, chin and with a clip on the nose.

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