Coronavirus cases in Rajasthan rise to 69, Bhilwara turns epicenter

  • The Rajasthan government, here on Monday, reported 10 new coronavirus cases, taking the tally to 69.
  • Out the 69 positive cases, 62 are residents of Rajasthan and 14 of them had turned negative from positive and four been discharged, said Singh.
  • Bhilwara still remains on top in terms of positive cases with 25 COVID-19 patients.
The Rajasthan government, here on Monday, reported 10 new coronavirus cases, taking the tally to 69. While two cases are from Jaipur and one from Bhilwara, seven are Iran evacuees, shifted to Jodhpur recently, according to officials.

Of the three Covid-19 new cases, first is a 70-year-old female and second a 21-year- old male. They are mother and son of a Covid-19 patient from the Ramganj area of the city, said Additional Chief Secretary Rohit Kumar Singh.

The youth, who had returned from Oman a few days back, was asked to quarantine himself by medical and health personnel. But he kept meeting relatives and friends. One of his friends also tested Covid-19 positive.

After the new cases, curfew has been clamped in seven police station areas of the walled city.

The third patient, 40-year-old male from Bhilwara -- was the OPD patient of the Bangar Hospital, Bhilwara, said Singh.

At AIIMS Jodhpur, 43 samples of Iran evacuees have been tested. Of this, six tested positive and 37 negative. SN Medical Collage, Jodhpur, tested two samples of the evacuees. Of this, only one tested positive, confirmed Singh.

Out the 69 positive cases, 62 are residents of Rajasthan. 14 of them had turned negative from positive and four been discharged, said Singh.

S. No. State / UT Total Confirmed cases Cured/discharged Deaths
1 Rajasthan 59 3 0


CM appealed to stay indoors

“I am appealing to all of you for the sake of your lives. Stay indoors and take this lockdown as a curfew. This lockdown should be considered as self-imposed curfew by you or else we shall have to impose curfew in the state,” said Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot.

Additional Chief Secretary health Rohit Kumar Singh said, “1,227 samples have been tested so far in the state, out of which 32 are positive, 1,112 are negative while 89 are awaited.”

Rajasthan reports first Covid-19 death

Rajasthan reported the first Covid-19 death, here on Thursday. Narayan Singh, 73, who was on dialysis and suffered from several ailments, passed away in Bhilwara, health officials confirmed.

Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma said Singh had blood pressure, breathing and kidney malfunction problem. He was on hemodialysis and had suffered brain stroke. He was admitted to Bangad Hospital, the facility where many doctors and staff tested positive for Covid-19 recently, from March 4 to March 11. He was sent home when his condition didn't improve.

Lockdown in the State

PM Modi ordered complete lockdown in the country till April 15 in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Everything, except essential services, shall remain shut during this period. All government and private offices, shops, shopping malls, factories and public transport shall remain under lockdown.

“It’s important for people to stay indoors at this time to combat this dreadful world epidemic,” Gehlot said. The CM was addressing a meeting to review the arrangements been made in the State to check the spread of the dreaded virus.

“The government stands with the people in these testing times. People should follow all the guidelines issued by the government to ensure that the situation doesn’t go out of control,” he said.

Free supply of food under NFSA

A core group has been formed to make daily decisions, which shall visit the deprived and poor section of the society to check on their needs during the lockdown period. Families connected with the National Food Security Act (NFSA) shall get free wheat for two months.

The street vendors and daily workers, who are out of the NFSA list, shall get food packets free of cost for two months from April 1.

The CM also appealed to all factory workers to ensure that they are being paid their salaries during the lockdown period. Also, they should not be terminated from their jobs during this period.

Private vehicles banned in Rajasthan

CM Gehlot on Tuesday (March 24) announced a ban on all private vehicles in the State.

“To save lives from #coronavirus infection, we have taken the decision to ban all private vehicles on roads from tomorrow. Only vehicles related to essential services and those in exempted services would be allowed. State highway tolls will also be closed from 12 o’clock midnight,” he tweeted.

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