Currently, the case doubling time in Rajasthan is 45 days, compared to 52 days for India, and week specific positivity rate (for April 11-17) stands at 12.91 percent for Rajasthan, while for India it had been 14.40 percent.
The Rajasthan government on Sunday extended its weekend curfew for 2 weeks, whilst the daily new cases crossed the ten ,000 mark in Rajasthan for the primary time since the pandemic began.
The decision came following multiple rounds of Covid review meetings chaired by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot over the weekend. the govt has stopped in need of calling it lockdown and termed the restrictions till May 3 as ‘Jan Anushashan Pakhwara’ (Public Discipline Fortnight).
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During the fortnight, essential services like state and central government offices, health services, mandis, groceries, dairies, ration shops etc. will remain open while all non-essential private offices are going to be shut, while weddings and last rites will still be permitted as per the orders issued on Pan American Day . Importantly, the industries and manufacturing units will still function, to stop the migration of labourers.
Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota and Udaipur alone accounted for over half the ten ,262 new cases reported on Sunday. Jaipur recorded 1,963 cases, followed by Jodhpur (1,695), Kota (1,116) and Udaipur (10,001). As many as 42 deaths were also recorded on Sunday, taking the entire to three ,151 deaths. Total active cases within the state now stand at 67,135.
Comparatively, when the cases peaked in Rajasthan during the primary wave last year, a maximum of 18-20 deaths were recorded between November 24 and December 1, 2020. In another change from the primary wave, rural areas now account for 30 per cent of all deaths, although people above 60 still account for the utmost number of deaths at 59 per cent.
Chairing a Covid review meet on Sunday evening, Gehlot said 30 per cent of the cases are now coming from villages. “It is now reaching villages because people are coming back from Kumbh Mela, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi,” he said, adding that it led to rise in cases, especially in border districts of the state.
He said that the states, including Rajasthan, continuously raising requests with the Centre points to a worrying situation. “Our Health Minister Raghu Sharma himself has been lecture the Union Health Minister in Delhi, yesterday and today, that you simply give oxygen. Oxygen jo banti thi humare yahan Bhiwadi ke andar, uska adhikar bhi le liye Bharat sarkaar ne (The oxygen we wont to make here in Bhiwadi, the Centre has appropriated control of that as well). Because they said they’ll control it within the entire country and distribute it. But once we saw the (allocation) figure, we became worried because Rajasthan ko naam matra ka allotment hua (Rajasthan received negligible allotment). We got some peace now after there was some allotment from Jamnagar in Gujarat.”
Health Secretary Siddharth Mahajan said: “We try everything (to ensure availability of oxygen). All our oxygen generation plants are performing at full capacity and that we are giving them electricity 24 hours.
This includes the private ones in rural areas, which were getting power for 8 hours – they’ve now been shifted to 24-hour electricity. we’ve also diverted industrial oxygen towards hospitals.” He said that the demand for oxygen for Covid patients has quadrupled in 13 days.