Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, the Delhi government has issued a notification imposing a fine of Rs 2000 for violating certain Covid-19 protocols.

As per the Delhi Government notification, the following violations will draw a fine of Rs 2000:

1) Not wearing a mask
2) Not following social distancing 
3) Spitting & consumption of Pan, Gutka, tobacco in Public places
4) Failure to observe quarantine rules

The notification came even as the number of containment zones in the national capital went up to over 4,550, with the maximum 743 in southwest district and the lowest 148 in northeast district. 

According to official data, six districts out of the total 11 have more than 400 COVID-19 containment zones -- 743 (southwest), 705 (south), 587 (west), 543 (southeast), 490 (central Delhi) and 445 (northwest).

Meanwhile, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain announced that government rates would apply to the normal, non-ICU beds reserved in private hospitals by the Delhi government for COVID-19 patients.

There is no harm in wearing a face mask inside a car, the minister said, appealing to the people of the city to ensure that they don't step outside without wearing one. 

To meet the fresh wave of cases, a total of 500 isolation beds at the Chhatarpur Covid care centre will have oxygen facility by the weekend. 

The current capacity of 3,652 ICU beds in the national capital will be further ramped up. 

Train coaches with 800 beds at the Shakur Basti railway station will become functional and the doctors and paramedics from the paramilitary forces will man these coaches.

The government has also decided to increase the number of daily RT-PCR tests in Delhi to 60,000 by the end of November.