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Rajasthan government to impose night curfew on 8 districts, fine for not wearing masks increased to Rs 500

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Witnessing a sudden spike in coronavirus cases, the Rajasthan government decided on Saturday to impose a nightly curfew on the eight worst affected districts and a 500 rupee fine on those who do not wear masks.

Rajasthan recorded the highest number of positive Covid-19 cases in a single day on Saturday with 3007 people testing positive. On Saturday, the state reported an 8.8% increase in Covid-19 cases, bringing the total number of positive cases to 2,40,676.

The decision was made at the state cabinet meeting chaired by CM Ashok Gehlot. It was decided that the markets, restaurants, shopping centers and other commercial institutions in the urban area of ​​the 8 districts – Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Bikaner, Udaipur, Ajmer, Alwar and Bhilwara, the most affected by the viral infection will be open until 7 p.m.

The night curfew will remain in the urban areas of these districts from 8 pm to 6 am. During the curfew, those who attend a wedding ceremony, people related to essential services and those who travel by buses, trains and planes will be exempt.

In these districts, the presence of personnel from government and private institutions, which have more than 100 people, will not exceed 75%. State government personnel will be called on a rotating basis.

The official statement from the CM office indicated that the meeting was informed about the Covid-19 cases that have increased due to the festive season, climate change, elections, marriages, etc. In view of the continuous increase in the number of positive cases, many countries of the world and states of the country have taken precautionary measures: Haryana and Maharashtra had opened schools-universities, but decided to close them in a week as the cases increased.

The fine for not wearing masks has been increased to Rs 500, previously this fine was Rs 200.

To curb the increase in Covid-19 cases, the maximum number of people involved in political, social, religious, cultural and events that include marriage ceremonies throughout the state will not be more than 100.

Hindustan Times

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