Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday held a marathon meeting with district collectors to review the COVID-19 situation in the state. The meeting of Ashok Gehlot comes at a time when the coronavirus has spread its tentacles across Rajasthan. Notably, both coronavirus cases and deaths are rising steadily in the state.
During the four-hour-long virtual meeting of the chief minister, all district collectors have been instructed to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 protocols. The CM instructed the collectors to ensure district hospitals render the best possible treatment to virus-infected patients. Gehlot also ensured that fund allocation for the procurement of medicines would not be a problem.
The CM asked the health department officials to increase the rate of testing in Rajasthan. He added that testing facilities should be also made available at primary health centres.
Politicians across party lines test COVID-19 positive
Senior BJP leader and deputy leader of Opposition, Rajendra Singh Rathore, has tested positive for COVID-19. He has been admitted to the Sawai Man Singh Hospital. Another BJP legislator Ashok Lahoti is also availing treatment in hospital for coronavirus.
Transport minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas and two former ministers Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena, who was sacked after their rebellion, are already undergoing treatment for COVID-19. On Wednesday, Rafiq Khan the Congress MLA from Jaipur and Ram Lal Jat from Bhilwara were admitted to the hospital after they tested positive.
CM appeals for plasma donation
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has made an appeal to people for plasma donation. Plasma therapy has proven as an effective measure to treat critically-ill COVID-19 patients. So far, over 84,000 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the state. Also, 1,074 people have succumbed to the viral infection in the state. On average, over 10 people are dying in the state due to coronavirus daily.
With the cases of the viral infection rising rapidly, authorities are worried about how to manage beds for COVID-19 patients in hospitals. Notably, hospitals are already facing an acute shortage of beds.
Meanwhile, efforts are being made to ensure that the test reports are available within a short time. This would help in containing corona by isolating the positive patient. It would also ensure faster tracing of people who have come in contact with a COVID-19 positive patient.
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