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Rajasthan: Govt planning to extend night curfew as COVID cases surge

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With the COVID-19 infections in Rajasthan increasing at a rapid rate, the state government is contemplating increasing the time period of the night curfew by at least an hour. It is likely to impose night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am.

Currently, the night curfew is effective from 11 pm to 5 am and the shops are closed at 10 pm. This order was issued on March 21 by the home department.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has stated that his government is against any lockdown, but people have misused the liberties and are no longer taking the pandemic seriously. The complacency has resulted in a surge in cases, he added.

According to the authorities, excessive socialising in marriages and other social functions and too many people thronging temples without following COVID safety protocols have added to problems resulting in the spurt in COVID-19 cases.

Rajasthan considering closing schools

The schools have been opened under strict instruction that students will enter the school with masks, but the orders have not been implemented properly.

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Now the state government is contemplating closing down all the schools up to the eighth standard to save children from the viral infection.

New guidelines

The state government is working on new guidelines for eight cities—Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Udaipur, Bikaner, Ajmer and Bhilwara. Two other small towns— Kushalgarh and Sagwara— which are on the border of Gujarat have been kept under surveillance for the night curfew.

CM Gehlot has been using social media to convey the message that people should behave responsibly and wear mask and follow other mandatory instructions seriously. Yet, if things do not improve, the state government will have no option, but to impose lockdown.

 

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