COVID surge: Gehlot holds high-level meeting

Jaipur, Apr 5 Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot held a high-level review meeting on Monday night over the surge in coronavirus cases.

Gehlot discussed the situation with divisional commissioners, district collectors, police officers and top doctors. In the meeting, the experts laid emphasis on public participation and support in containing the spread of the virus, according to officials.

They said the government guidelines issued on Sunday was helpful in handling the situation but public participation was crucial.

The experts said people should follow self-imposed lockdown and should avoid going out if it was not necessary. The meeting is continuing.

The Monday has recorded 12 deaths on Monday and 2,429 positive cases.

Ahead of Diwali, Rajasthan Govt Bans Sale of Fire Crackers

Rajasthan government has banned the sale of fire crackers ahead of Diwali. CM Ashok Gehlot in a press conference conveyed that the poisonous smoke coming out of firecrackers will be hazardous for the Covid patients.

Gehlot also announced that his administration will come up with a new legislation that will make masks mandatory. “Rajasthan will be the first state in the country to make masks compulsory to prevent the coronavirus...masks are currently the only vaccine against Covid-19,” he said.

He also assured to complete the recruitment of 2000 doctors in the next 10 days.

The CM further directed to take strict action against the sale of firecrackers and fireworks in the state and polluting vehicles running without fitness to protect the health of coronavirus-infected patients and the general public from the toxic smoke emitting from them, it said.

In a situation like this, people should avoid using fireworks on Diwali, he said.