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Rajasthan: Opposition wants 15-day lockdown to curb COVID-19 pandemic


The ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases with the figure surpassing 1 lakh-mark in Rajasthan has put the Ashok Gehlot government in the dock. Rajasthan’s deputy leader of Opposition Rajendra Singh Rathore has demanded a 15-day complete lockdown to contain the pandemic.

He said on an average 1,300 cases per day are reported in Rajasthan and the situation is alarming. Rathore also demanded that Saturday and Sunday should be days of complete lockdown in the state.

He targeted the Gehlot government for not being able to control the pandemic. Rathore demanded that the common man should be given the facilities to go to a government hospital and get tested for COVID-19.

The BJP leader claimed that the death toll due to the pandemic is also rising and more than 1250 persons lost their lives.

The Opposition leader said the first case of the corona was reported on March 3 in the state. After 95 days, on June 5, the number of patients had crossed the 10,000-mark. Then, 30 days later, on July 5, the number of patients in the state crossed 20 thousand. Fifteen days later, on 20 July, the number of those infected reached 30,000. The figure touched 50,000 on August 8 and it crossed 60,000 by August 16.

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He said since then the number of cases increased at an alarming level and on September 12, it crossed the 1 lakh-mark. Currently, there are around 1.04 lakh COVID-19 cases.

Pvt hospitals, labs in Rajasthan to do COVID-19 test for Rs 1,200

The state government issued an order under which the private hospitals will have to do the corona testing for Rs 1200. Earlier, the hospitals were charging a minimum of Rs 2,200 per test.

Health minister Dr Raghu Sharma said as the market prices of the testing equipment like RT-PCR testing kits, reagents, VTM kits and other consumables have come down, it is reasonable that the private hospitals should also reduce the testing fees.

Sharma said all the state government approved laboratories and hospitals will have to do the testing under the new fee structure.

CM’s interaction with ace doctors

Earlier, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot held a virtual conference with the leading doctors on the COVID-19 pandemic. Delhi AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria, Medanta’s Dr Naresh Trehan, Dr Devi Shetty and Dr Shiv Sareen participated in the conference. All the doctors praised the efforts of the state government to combat corona.


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