Rajasthan govt announces weekend curfew from 6 pm today till Monday 5 am

The Rajasthan government has decided to impose a weekend curfew in the state starting Friday 6 pm till 5 am on Monday to curb the Covid-19 spread.

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File photo of a deserted street in Rajasthan's Jaipur. (Photo credit: PTI)

The Rajasthan government has announced a weekend curfew in the state from 6 pm on Friday till 5 am on Monday to curb the Covid-19 spread.

The state government will issue detailed guidelines on the weekend curfew soon.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot made the announcement through his Twitter handle. He wrote in the tweet: "In view of the increasing cases of Corona, curfew will remain in the state from 6 am tomorrow till 5 am on Monday. Appeal to all of you to cooperate with the government during the curfew and follow the Covid appropriate behaviour."

The decision of a full weekend curfew comes a day after the Rajasthan government decided to impose a night-long curfew from 6 pm to 5 am in the entire state from April 16.

According to the Union Health Ministry, Rajasthan is among the 10 states accounting for 80.76 per cent of the new infections reported in a day.

The other nine states are: Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat.

The second Covid-19 wave is spreading like wildfire in the country. On Thursday, over 2 lakh fresh Covid-19 cases were recorded, India's highest-ever single-day tally of infections since the beginning of the pandemic.

Delhi also on Thursday joined the list of states to go under a weekend curfew in a bid to cut the chain of transmission. The decision was taken following a meeting between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal on Thursday.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, the chief minister said the weekend curfew will come into effect from April 17.

The weekend curfew will be enforced from 10 pm on Friday evening till 6 am Monday in Delhi.

People step out of their homes on weekdays for work and on weekends for recreational purposes which can be curtailed, CM Arvind Kejriwal said.