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MPs, MLAs want lockdown in Rajasthan as COVID-19 cases rise


Prakash Bhandari: The Ashok Gehlot government is under pressure from MLAs and MPs to renew lockdown in the state as COVID-19 cases and deaths rise.

Over a dozen MLAs and MPs of both ruling and the Opposition parties have asked the government to re-impose the lockdown on Saturday and Sunday to curb the spread of the disease.

After a high number of cases were reported, Jodhpur city was put under lockdown from Friday night. The lockdown was imposed in the city after several businesses and commercial organizations demanded the same.

Similar requests were made by various trade organizations that wanted shops to be closed at 7 pm and a two-day lockdown every week up to Diwali. The organizations feel it will help check the spread of COVID-19.

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The various trade organizations have demanded a minimum of ten days of lockdown before Diwali. They also wanted all shopkeepers, who open their shops during the same to be punished.

COVID-19 situation in Rajasthan and why lockdown is being demanded

In Jaipur alone, 425 cases of COVID-19 were reported on Friday. In the past 25 days, 356 people died of COVID-19. The total number of Corona cases touched 1.25 lakh till Saturday and the death toll touched 1,415 till Friday.

The state government hospitals are full and no beds are available to admit new patients. As a result, the state government ordered the private hospitals to reserve 30% of beds for corona patients.

Dr Raghu Sharma, the health minister said this order to reserve beds will be mandatory for all hospitals having 60 or more beds.

While the state government imposed Section 144 banning assembly of more than five people, the state allowed the assembly of people for social purposes from 50 to 100.

The assembly of 100 people for the social gathering will be permitted by the district administration provided all protocols are followed.

Six MPs and more than 18 MLAs belonging to both the ruling and the Opposition parties have urged the government to impose a compulsory 2-day lockdown to curb the community spread of corona.


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