People are expected to get some level of protection within a couple of weeks after the first shot. But full protection may not happen until a couple weeks after the second shot.
The new mask incorporates a heated copper mesh and does not need to be decontaminated or thrown away after use, according to the researchers.
The fine for not wearing masks when in public is Rs 200 in the state. It was collected so far by municipal corporations or local bodies.
However, the ruling BJD dismissed the allegations as baseless. BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra maintained that the Government never paid a single penny beyond the actual rate.
Masks are not a replacement for physical distancing, hand hygiene and other public health measures, it added.
Hyderabadis seem to be pretty chilled out about #Unlock1.0 going by the way there is business as usual, with no other Covid-19 precaution being followed except a mask
All these masks are being distributed to 20,000 sanitary workers and about 2,500 Swachh auto drivers, who collect garbage from households on a priority basis.
Lockdown violation fine amount collected in Chhattisgarh to help buy PPE, masks for COVID-19 warriors
Keeping local health centres strong during the coronavirus pandemic is essential for people's health, district collector Kartikeya Goyal said on Monday.
At Maharaj Ganja market, a whole sale mart for vegetables in the city, a display board has been put up outside the entry point stating that customers without masks would not be entertained.
The device can deliver uncontaminated air for over six hours, he said, adding that it has an universal design that can fit anybody.