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India: Rajasthan’s Covid-19 cases now at 1169, govt says rise in numbers due to more testing

  • India: Rajasthan’s Covid-19 cases now at 1169, govt says rise in numbers due to more testing
    Rajasthan reported 38 new cases of the coronavirus disease on Friday morning, with the highest number of infected in Jodhpur, taking the state’s tally to 1169, state health department data showed. India: Rajasthan’s Covid-19 cases now at 1169, govt says rise in numbers due to more testing
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Coronavirus updates: In India, the number of coronavirus cases has gone up to 13,835 cases. The death toll stands at 452. The highest number of confirmed cases in India are from Maharashtra, which is nearing the 3,000-mark. Confirmed 13,835 - Recovered 1,767 - Death 452. Rajasthan reported 38 new cases of the coronavirus disease on Friday morning, with the highest number of infected in Jodhpur, taking the state’s tally to 1169, state health department data showed.

Rajasthan health minister Raghu Sharma said that the situation is under control in the state and the number of Covid-19 cases has risen because of more testing.

Rajasthan reported 38 new cases of the coronavirus disease on Friday morning, with the highest number of infected in Jodhpur, taking the state’s tally to 1169, state health department data showed.

Jodhpur had 18 Covid-19 cases, Tonk six, Jaipur five, Kota four, Nagaur two and Jhunjhunu, Ajmer and Jhalawar reported one each, according to news agency ANI.

As Jodhpur saw a spike in cases of the coronavirus disease, the Bharatiya Janata Party has said the situation was grave in Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot’s constituency.

The opposition party’s state unit president Satish Poonia had said on Thursday said the situation in Jodhpur was not under control and pointed that the collector has requested deployment of troops of the Border Security Force (BSF) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

“The district collector has written on April 12 to the BSF IG and CRPF DIG requesting deployment of the BSF or CRPF or else the situation will spiral out of control. But the government has hidden the letter,” Poonia said during a video conference with reporters.

The collector had said in the letter, of which HT has a copy, to BSF and CRPF that to maintain law and order and ensure compliance of the curfew imposed in the wake of a sharp rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the city the forces should provide one company each.

The government, however, accused the BJP of misleading people and that the situation was under control in Jodhpur.

Cabinet minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas said that the chief minister is himself monitoring the situation.

“The lockdown is being strictly imposed and adhered to. The government is working hard to ensure we succeed in this fight against Covid-19. The situation is under control and will further improve,” he said.

Health minister Raghu Sharma also said that the situation is under control and the number of cases has risen because of more testing.

“The BJP should appreciate the work being done by doctors, health workers, police and not demoralise them,” Sharma said.

Before Jodhpur, Jaipur emerged as the biggest Covid-19 hotspot district in Rajasthan, accounting for almost one-third of the state’s total cases.

And in Jaipur, Ramganj area has become a hotspot for the infection after a 45-year-old resident of Ramganj, who returned from Oman on March 12, was identifies as a super spreader.

He was asked by health officials to stay in home quarantine but continued to meet people and even offered prayers at a local mosque.

He tested positive on March 26 and curfew was imposed in Ramganj, a crowded neighbourhood with a population of nearly 500,000.