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Rajasthan govt extends lockdown until May 17 to combat COVID crisis

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With the COVID-19 crisis going out of control in Rajasthan, the state government has extended the lockdown till May 17 and has imposed further stringent measures during this period to combat the spread of the deadly virus.

Under the “Red alert disciplinary fortnight” anybody found loitering on the streets without any work will be put under a mandatory quarantine till they test negative for COVID-19.

Only 31 people will be allowed in a wedding as compared to the earlier limit of 50 people. The marriage ceremonies will be allowed only after the two parties submit a list of guests to the district administration. This apart, all sports facilities and parks shall remain closed during this period.

COVID-19 crisis in Rajasthan

Rajasthan is facing a major health crisis due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, with cases and deaths rising rapidly. On Sunday, 18,298 fresh COVID cases were reported and 159 people succumbed to the viral infection in the state.

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Jaipur is the worst-hit city. On Sunday 4,456 new cases were reported from Jaipur and 34 people died. There is an acute shortage of medical oxygen. The Centre has increased the quota of oxygen for the state, but the state government has no means for its transportation to different hospitals.

Medical oxygen crisis in Rajasthan

The Centre has increased the allocation of oxygen to 255 metric tonnes from Bhiwadi Inox Air products, 40 MT from Jamnagar, 15 MT from Panipat, 40 MT from Steel Authority’s Burnpur (West Bengal) plant and 60 MT from Tata’s plant in Orissa. But there are logistical problems that have plagued the effort. There are only 23 tankers and 53 tankers are required to transport oxygen from Jamnagar’s refinery.

The state government has formed a panel of IAS officers to monitor the supply of oxygen. The state government is trying to buy oxygen concentrators from China and Russia. The state government would buy 10,000 concentrators from China and 1,100 from Russia.

The state government is also trying to hire tankers from the market on rent, but there are hardly any tankers that are available.

 

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