Unmasked: The mask business is a picture of chaos

A glut of the must-have accessory in a pandemic year is leading to problems of certification and quality control.

The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday directed the state government to ensure that those found without a face mask in public were sent to COVID-19 care centres to perform community service.

Drastic much, I hear you say, but probably called for given that the pandemic is showing no sign of abating. Gujarat has recorded over 200,000 cases so far, with 4,000-plus fatalities.

A week before that, the Delhi government bumped up the penalty for not wearing a face mask in public to Rs 2,000, from Rs 500 earlier. In Mumbai, where the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation had made wearing masks compulsory …


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