The ACJ Wrap: COVID-19 in Rajasthan

Cases continue to fall in Rajasthan. Photo Credit: India Today

As coronavirus cases continue falling after an intense third wave during January, here is a look at the latest COVID-related developments in Rajasthan.

By Rishika Singh

COVID-related restrictions have been removed for the most part by the state government. An article in Free Press Journal mentioned that this includes the previous restrictions on the number of invitees allowed at weddings, night curfews, and so on. The only remaining restriction is that negative RT-PCR tests or proof of double vaccination will be necessary for travellers coming to Rajasthan. Travellers flying in from abroad will be tested at the airports. 

Schools Reopen

After February 16, all schools–government and private–will be allowed to start offline classes for primary school students. Parents will have to provide written consent, and the option to stay at home and attend classes online can still be availed. So, a hybrid model will now be in place, as per a report in the New Indian Express.

Relief in Daily Case Numbers

Overall, 1,102 new cases were reported on Monday in the state–the lowest single-day rise in the last 42 days. A table from Times of India gives the data on how in the last week the caseload and the deaths have both gradually decreased. 

There is further good news on the COVID front–more than 70% of the population in Rajasthan has been vaccinated, meaning they have received at least a single dose. The state has the highest percentage of vaccinated people in India currently, followed by Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. A Times of India report included a handy table on the inoculation numbers.

The state capital of Jaipur is reporting the most COVID cases right now, with 336 new cases on Monday. But people are out and about, with January seeing the major festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated. The wedding season also went on amid restrictions, as did political protests. Times of India compiled some photos of the city life in motion in the COVID era.