Jaipur

A day ahead of the blanket COVID-19 lockdown in Rajasthan, civic and local governing bodies in Jaipur have undertaken the task of spreading awareness regarding pandemic appropriate behaviours among people. The local system has come up with a new strategy to ensure absolute compliance with pandemic protocols in a bid to break the chain of infection. The related officials will employ moving public address systems under this strategy, to curb the rising swell of the second COVID wave, read reports.

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Ahead of Rajasthan's blanket lockdown from May 10 to May 24 in view of the rampant surge of COVID-19, the state police has increased deployment and surveillance at local borders to track public movement, strictly. Reportedly, this restriction has been implemented under the ambit of 'Red Alert- Jan Anusashan Pakhwara' to break the chain of infection. The police nakabandi bans the passage of vehicles from one district to another without necessary work.

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In a bid to break the chain of surging COVID infections in Jaipur, the administration has drafted a 'Mega Plan' to provide medicines to home-isolated COVID-19 patients without testing. This is a fast track measure that will ensure that patients exhibiting corona-like symptoms get timely pharmaceutical help, while they wait to get examined by RT-PCR measure. It will further prevent the spread of infection in the individual to a critical degree and transmission to others.

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In an attempt to tighten the grip over soaring COVID tallies in Rajasthan, the state government declared that all districts across the territory will observe a complete lockdown from 5 AM on May 10 to 5 AM on May 24. Announced by the CM in a cabinet meeting on Thursday, this intervention aims to curtail the contamination from entering villages and infecting youths, amongst other things. Previously, the state was put under a 'Red Alert- Public Discipline Fortnight' after the COVID graphs spiked higher.

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Owing to the travel restrictions filed by the Rajasthan government to tackle the second COVID wave, an age-old tradition has made its way back to the Pink City and other districts across the state. Now, since buses can move with only 50% capacity and the number of wedding guests cannot exceed beyond 31, camels are back in action to transport the groom and the guests to the bride's residence.

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Pushed by an unequalled surge in infections and a worrisome crunch of resources, medical establishments across the country are faced with a troubling shortage of oxygen supplies. In a move to fix this problem in the city, Jaipur Municipal Corporation Greater has started a project to provide cost-free oxygen cylinders and concentrators to the needy infected individuals. Through this life-saving initiative, the civic body attempts to safeguard COVID victims in Jaipur.

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Amidst the stern lockdown guidelines announced by the Rajasthan government on Monday, penalties have also been drafted, in case one fails to stick to the assigned COVID protocols. The guidelines for the ongoing lockdown till May 17, mentions a penalty of ₹1 lakh, in a scenario where the number of guests attending a wedding goes beyond the set limit of 31. Along with a limit on the number of people, the instructions stated that if the wedding party flouts the set deadline of three hours, another fine of ₹1 lakh will be charged.

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In view of the fierce COVID surge in Jaipur and other districts of Rajasthan, the state government has sounded for an extension of lockdown-like curbs with a stricter 'Pandemic Red Alert–Jan Anushashan Pakhwara' for the next two weeks. Jaipur, Jodhpur and other districts across the desert state will now observe restrictions until 5 PM on May 17, to break the chain of the coronavirus infections effectively. All workplaces, commercial establishments and markets will remain closed during this period, read reports.

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Spilling out unmatched fears amongst the citizens in Jaipur, the harrowing effects of the second COVID wave are increasing every day. On Saturday, an alarming number of 3,441 new infections was recorded in the city, stretching the tally of active patients to 39,824. While the recovery count has been stable with 1,348 recoveries registered on Saturday, it is perturbing to note that the highest-ever count of 54 fatalities was marked on the same day.

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In a bid to check the spiralling count of COVID infections in Rajasthan, Jaipur and all other districts of the state will be clamped under strict lockdown restraints till May 17. Previously, the state administration had declared lockdown till May 3 which has been extended by a period of two weeks now, in view of the record-breaking surge in COVID numbers. Amplifying the restrictions, the Home Department has termed the upcoming lockdown as 'Red Alert Public Discipline Fortnight'.

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Extending the reach of COVID inoculation drives, the Rajasthan Health Minister declared on Friday that the vaccination for citizens between 35 to 45 years of age will start in Jaipur and 10 other districts of the state, today onwards. While the central government had decided to open immunisation for all individuals above 18 from May 1, Rajasthan will currently witness vaccination of people in the stated age group, in areas with the highest infection rates.

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