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Rajasthan government considers extending Covid-19 lockdown for 2 more weeks

April 29, 2021, 4:50 pm

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Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot. File Photo

Jaipur: The Rajasthan government is likely to extend the lockdown restrictions for two more weeks. The new lockdown guidelines may be released by May 2. The current lockdown will come to an end on May 3. The government is considering extending it, keeping in view that there has been no substantial decrease in the daily count of positive Covid-19 cases in the state.

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot who has himself tested positive for the virus along with his wife Sunita Gehlot took a Covid-19 review meeting via video conferencing. Gehlot is currently in home isolation.

In the meeting, officials and experts stressed upon the need for extending the lockdown. They also told the chief minister that it was important to impose the lockdown guidelines more strictly. The home department will likely issue fresh Covid-19 guidelines on May 1 or May 2.

The government had imposed the Weekend Curfew on April 17. The lockdown restrictions were extended on April 19. However, the daily case count continued to increase. In fact, the number of positive cases doubled in just 12 days. There were nearly 60,000 active cases on April 17. It has gone up to 1.63 lakh. Similarly, the state reported 9046 positive cases on April 18, which went up to 16,613 on April 28.

First published: April 29, 2021