Jaipur: As many as 117 new cases of COVID-19 came to light in Rajasthan till Saturday afternoon. It’s the highest increase in a day. The total count rose to 678. Of the 117 people found infected on Saturday, 65 tested positive in Jaipur alone. The health and medical department teams had collected samples in a door-to-door survey. A large number of samples came out positive. More cases may be reported by late night.
New cases also surfaced in other districts. Eighteen cases were reported in Tonk, 14 in Kota, 13 in Banswara, 4 in Bikaner and 1 each idn Dausa, Jaisalmer and Karauli. An 11-month-old child was among the 4 people who tested positive in Bikaner.
The rate of increase in Coronavirus cases has raised concerned about community infection in several parts of the state, particularly Ramganj. The total number of cases in Jaipur have reached 288, the highest in the state. The majority of these cases were reported in the Walled City area.
“A door-to-door survey is being conducted in all the households in Ramganj area. The samples of people with symptoms are being taken,” said an officer.
A policeman of Manak Chowk police station had tested positive on Friday. He was involved in assisting medical teams with the door-to-door survey in Ramganj area.
Eight people have died in the state – two of them in Bhilwara, three in Jaipur, and one each in Bikaner, Jodhpur and Kota.
The state government is likely to extend the lockdown keeping in view of the spread of the virus over the past few days. Chief minister Ashok Gehlot has received a report from a committee formed to give recommendations about the lockdown extension.