Lockdown not an option: Rajasthan health minister | Jaipur News

JAIPUR: Amid rising cases in the state, health minister Raghu Sharma on Monday clarified that imposing lockdown for a long time is not an option as it affects the economy badly.
“For us, livelihood and lives of people are both important. We will work for saving lives while ensuring that livelihood of people is not affected,” said Sharma.
Health department has taken a gamut of decisions for preventing spread of the virus and one among them is the decision of making Covid report (RT-PCR) mandatory for those entering the state from anywhere in the country.
“If anyone comes without RT-PCR test, his mobile number will be registered at RajCovid app and he will have to give a pledge of adhering to Covid guidelines and will be kept under isolation for 15 days. Beat constable of the area will ensure that the person is following the guidelines of home quarantine for 15 days,” said Sharma.
He said there are provisions of penalties for violating norms. “There are penalties for not wearing masks and also for flouting other norms. We have strict measures for it, but we do not want to create an environment of fear. People should be self-disciplined and follow the guidelines to prevent spread of the virus,” he said.
Moreover, he said chief minister Ashok Gehlot had also appealed to people to avoid crowded places.
Besides, all the collectors have been directed to develop facilities for institutional quarantine in all the districts.

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