Strict lockdown in Rajasthan from May 10-24
(Sourced from PTI)
Amid a surge in coronavirus cases, the Rajasthan government on Thursday announced a strict lockdown from May 10 to May 24 under which marriage functions, intrastate movement, and MGNREGA works have also been suspended. Marriage functions will be allowed only after May 31. The advance booking amount given to marriage gardens, bands etc. will be either returned or adjusted later, according to the government.
However, marriages will be permitted only in courts or at home in the presence of a maximum of 11 people. The decision was taken at a virtual cabinet meeting on Thursday night. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said that the lockdown will be in force from 5 am on May 10 to 5 am on May 24.
All MGNREGA works and intrastate movement will be restricted during the period. Barring emergency vehicles, no other vehicle—public or private transport, will be permitted. Places of worship will be closed. Many restrictions were already in force in the state under "Red Alert Public Discipline Fortnight" which have been made stringent based on the suggestions given by the five ministers during the meeting.
Interstate travelers will have to produce a negative RT-PCR test report. In case there is no negative report, the person will be quarantined for 15 days. To prevent migration of workers, they will be permitted in factories and special buses will be operated for them.
Shops that were permitted to open as per the earlier guidelines will continue to open. Further, during the meeting, the ministers expressed concern about the shortage of oxygen. It was informed in the meeting that work orders for the purchase of 47,000 oxygen concentrators have been issued. The state has witnessed a surge in coronavirus cases over the past few days.
Rajasthan reported 161 coronavirus-related deaths and 17,532 fresh cases on Thursday, pushing the toll to 5,182 and the infection count to 7,02,568, according to an official report. The state has recorded 4,99,376 COVID-19 recoveries so far.