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Amid the Crisis of novel coronavirus, Rajasthan offers helping hand for neighboring states to conduct 5,000 COVID-19 tests daily

In times of this crisis, neighboring states which are overloaded with patients and short of testing facilities can get tests done in Rajasthan,” CM Ashok Gehlot said.

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When the first case of novel coronavirus was discovered in China on around 17th of November 2019, India was likely to be hit very badly, being one of the closest neighbors. Unlike the predictions, India performed very well in containing the spread of COVID-19. Even when the country was observing its initial lockdown periods, there were not many cases reported. Unfortunately, the graph in the month of May and June was rose up very quickly. This sort of created an emergency-like situation.

Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Delhi are the worst-hit states – with total reported cases; 1,13,445 – 48,019 – 44,668 respectively. During this time of difficulty, the Rajasthan Government offered testing facilities for COVID-19 to six neighboring states, which include – Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, and Gujarat. “These states will be able to conduct 5,000 tests daily in Rajasthan if needed” announced Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at a review meeting held at CM’s residence to review the pandemic situation in the state.

The situation of Rajasthan was not satisfactory at the very beginning. As of now, it is one of those states, carrying the highest number of testing. Gehlot said, “From zero testing capacity, the state has now reached over 15,000 tests per day.” While another development is their recovery rate which has not touched 75%, owing to the constant monitoring and screening of patients.

The Chief Minister also said that by July end, all the district hospitals in the state will have an oxygen supply through the pipeline instead of cylinders.

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While expressing concerns over the carelessness of people regarding the unlock rules, Gehlot said, “Anyone who violates the rules will be dealt with strictly.”

He also directed officials to enforce health protocols and continue with the system of screening further in the state.

The current situation of Rajasthan:-
Total confirmed cases: 13,216
Recovered: 9,849
Deaths: 308

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