The patients belong to Jhunjhunu and had returned from Italy on March 8. (Photo Credit: IANS)
New Delhi :
Three of a family from Rajasthan's Jhunjhunu, who had recently returned from Italy, were tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, prompting the state government to impose Section 144 of the CrPC in the entire state. The patients - a couple and their two-year-old daughter - belong to Jhunjhunu and had returned from Italy on March 8. The curfew has been imposed within 1-km of their residence.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot after holding a review meeting directed to impose the restrictions to curb the spread of the infection.
The chief minister has also directed the government and private schools to stop parent-teacher meetings and the admission process till March 31. Earlier, the patients’ samples were sent to Jaipur’s Sawai Man Singh Hospital for testing.
Rajasthan Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma said they are being brought to Jaipur for treatment. He said all those people who came in their contact will be screened.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot directed officials that people should be advised through loudspeakers at religious places and public places to avoid gatherings.
He has also directed to close public and government libraries. The Chief Minister told officials to develop testing facilities at Ajmer, Kota, Bharatpur and Jhunjhunu besides doubling the testing capacity in Jaipur.
The Chief Minister asked officials to talk to the Ministry of External Affairs about the safety of the Rajasthan residents stranded abroad.
He directed full screening of passengers arriving by air from abroad near the airport for which three hotels have been identified.
Gehlot said there will be no shortage of resources in the state to deal with problem. Isolation and other facilities should be developed through the SDRF at the district-level, he said.