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Rajasthan to screen people entering from Gujarat for COVID-19


The Rajasthan government will go for a stricter vigil in Udaipur, Banswara and Dungarpur district’s border checkpoints because of a surge in COVID-19 cases. The district administration in the three districts has been told to screen all persons entering the state from Gujarat where COVID-19 cases and deaths have increased significantly.

In Udaipur, a massive surge in COVID-19 cases is being attributed to tourists from Gujarat. On Sunday, Udaipur reported 864 new cases and the total number of COVID-19 cases in the district crossed 17,000. Thus, with 27.47 per cent of the state’s total cases being reported from Udaipur, it has become a COVID-19 hotspot.

The chief medical and health officer of Udaipur, Dr Dinesh Kharadi, said that the significant surge in COVID-19 cases was because of the tourists from Gujarat and Maharashtra. Dr Kharadi said that carelessness on the part of the tourists who failed to comply with COVID-appropriate behaviour resulted in the spurt.

He said large-scale assemblies in tourist spots, temples, malls and shopping areas added to more cases of the viral infection.

Udaipur collector Chetan Deora said the spurt in cases has resulted in a large number of the residential areas converting into containment zones.

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Deora said the test reports show that out of every 100 persons 30 persons reported COVID positive and in Udaipur city, there are 3,747 active cases of the viral infection. There is a curfew from 6 pm to 6 am and if the situation does not improve lockdown will have to be imposed. All religious places in the Udaipur district have been closed down because of a surge in cases.

Rajasthan reported over 5k cases

Rajasthan, on Sunday, reported 5,015 new cases and the number of cases is rising with each passing day. The government is also contemplating closing coaching centres, schools and colleges. The district administration in Jaipur has imposed a ban on holding religious fairs.

In the past 11 days, 17 persons lost their lives because of COVID-19 and the number of cases during this period has grown by 30,000.


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