COVID-19 pandemic in Rajasthan
The first case of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Indian state of Rajasthan was reported on 2 March 2020 in Jaipur. The Rajasthan Health Department has confirmed a total of 7,536 cases, including 170 deaths and 4,276 recoveries as of 26 May. 32 districts in the state have reported confirmed cases of which, Jaipur is the worst-affected.
|COVID-19 pandemic in Rajasthan|
Map of districts with confirmed cases (as of 26 May 2020)
Map of deaths due to the COVID-19 (as of 26 May 2020)
|First outbreak||Wuhan, Hubei, China|
|Arrival date||2 March 2020|
(2 months, 3 weeks and 3 days)
|Confirmed cases||7,536 (26 May 2020)|
|Recovered||4,276 (26 May 2020)|
|170 (26 May 2020)|
On 2 March 2020, an 69-year-old Italian tourist who was part of a group of 23 tourists from Italy tested positive for COVID-19. His initial test returned negative, but after deterioration of his condition, a second test was made which returned positive. Two days later, his wife also tested positive which worried the health authorities since the group had travelled to numerous tourist destinations. On 3 March, the Union Health Ministry held a meeting with officials of the Rajasthan Health Department over the outbreak. The Chief Minister of Rajasthan ordered the hotels where the Italian tourists resided to be sanitized. On 11 March, an 85-year-old man in Jaipur tested positive who had travel history to Dubai.
On 18 March, three people of a family tested positive for COVID-19 in Jhunjhunu which took the total cases to seven in the state. The three - a couple and their two-year-old daughter had returned from Italy on 8 March. Immediately after confirmation, movement restrictions were enforced 1 km2 of their residence. The state imposed Section 144 across the entire state on 19 March. It also imposed a curfew around the family's residence and carried out surveillance to prevent forming of a positive cluster.
Three doctors of a private hospital along with six others tested positive in Bhilwara district on 20 March. 25 suspects were identified and kept in isolation. The government imposed a curfew on the whole district and sealed its borders. Door-to-door survey of around 80,000 houses in the Bhilwara city was initiated.
On 26 March, a 45-year-old man from Ramganj in Jaipur who had returned from Oman on 12 March, tested positive and emerged as a super spreader. Authorities said that he was asked to self quarantine, but instead he violated the given instructions and go on to meet other people. Ramganj was put under a curfew as it became a new hotspot in the state. Door-to-door screening was started. As of 16 April, 232 cases were traced back to the super spreader in Ramganj.
On April 3, the state recorded 46 cases, bringing the total cases to 179. It included nine evacuees from Iran and 33 Tablighi Jamaat participants. Bharatpur, Bikaner, Dausa and Dholpur districts reported their first cases due to the Tablighi Jamaat members.
By 10 April, of 27 positive cases found in Bhilwara, 25 patients have been cured of the infection and 15 were discharged from hospital. Between 3–10 April, only two new cases have been reported in the city. The containment strategy followed by the district administration referred as the "Bhilwara model" was praised nationwide for its effectiveness in containment of the virus.
On 13 April, 11 new coronavirus cases were reported, bringing the total tally to 815. Ten in Bharatpur and one in Banswara district of the state.
On 21 April, 159 cases were reported. 72 from Jaipur, 35 from Ajmer, 16 from Jodhpur, 10 from Nagaur, 7 from Dausa, 5 each from Bhilwara and Hanumangarh, 2 each from Kota, Swai Madhopur, and Tonk, and 1 from Jhunjunu.
On 22 April, 153 cases and one death were reported, taking total cases to 1,888 and death toll to 27. 68 in Jaipur, 44 in Ajmer, 17 in Tonk, 11 in Jodhpur, 6 in Kota, 4 in Nagaur, and 1 each in Swai Moadhopur and Bharatpur were reported. Ajmer's Dargah area which is a densely populated area, have emerged as a new hotspot after reporting 79 cases in last two days, taking total infections to 103 in the district.
On 23 April, 76 cases and 1 death were reported.
On 24 April, 70 cases and 4 deaths were reported, taking total cases to 2,034 and death toll to 32.
On 25 April, 49 cases and two deaths were reported. 15 were reported from Jaipur, 10 from Jodhpur, 6 from Ajmer, 5 each from Kota and Jhalawar, 2 each from Bharatpur and Dholpur, and first case were reported in Rajsamand and Chittorgarh.
On 26 April, 102 cases and 7 deaths were reported — 38 tested positive in Jodhpur, 20 in Nagaur, 16 in Jaipur and 11 in Ajmer.
On 27 April, 77 cases and 9 deaths were reported — 11 tested positive in Jodhpur, 10 in Jhalawar, 8 in Tonk and 7 each in Kota and Chittorgarh.
On 28 April, 102 cases and 2 deaths were reported — 26 tested positive in Jaipur, 25 in Jodhpur, 24 in Kota, 11 in Ajmer and 8 in Tonk.
On 29 April, 74 cases and 3 deaths were reported — 22 tested positive in Jaipur, 13 in Jodhpur, 9 in Pali and 8 in Chittorgarh.
On 1 May, 82 cases and 4 deaths were reported — 35 tested positive in Jodhpur, 21 in Jaipur, 11 in Ajmer, 7 each in Kota and Chittorgarh and 1 in Rajsamand.
On 2 May, 106 cases and 6 deaths were reported — 60 tested positive in Jodhpur and 33 in Jaipur.
On 3 May, 114 cases and 3 deaths were reported — 40 from Chittorgarh, 32 from Jaipur, 27 from Jodhpur and 5 from Udaipur.
On 4 May, 175 cases and 6 deaths were reported. 89 tested positive in Jodhpur, 29 in Jaipur, 23 in Chittorgarh and 15 in Pali. In Chittorgarh's Nimbahera town over 100 people tested positive after first case from the town was reported on 25 April of a men with travel history to Indore, who was belived to be spreader of the infection. The area became an hotspot and a curfew was imposed.
On 5 May, 97 cases and 12 deaths were reported. 41 tested positive in Jodhpur, 25 in Jaipur, 9 each in Kota and Chittorgarh and 5 from Ajmer.
On 6 May, 159 cases and 4 deaths were reported and number of recoveries crossed the active cases in the state. 30 BSF Soldiers who returned from Delhi after COVID-19 management duty tested positive. 50 tested positive in Jodhpur, 43 in Jaipur and 12 in Pali. Jalore reported its first 3 cases.
On 7 May, 110 cases and 6 deaths were reported. 30 tested positive in Jodhpur, 21 in Jaipur, 16 in Chittorgarh and 10 in Pali. Sirohi reported its first positive case, 12 more BSF personals tested positive in Jodhpur.
On 9 May, 129 cases and 3 deaths were reported. 51 tested positive in Jaipur, 24 in Udaipur, 15 in Ajmer, 11 in Jodhpur and 10 in Chittorgarh.
On 10 May, 106 cases and two deaths were reported. 30 tested positive in Udaipur, 23 in Jaipur and 17 in Kota, 11 in Jodhpur. Udaipur city was declared as a containment zone and emerged as a hotspot due to sudden rise in cases after a homeguard constable tested positive in Kanji ka Hatta area. A strict curfew was imposed in the city to restrict the movement of the people. In areas where clusters were reported, people were shifted to the quarantine facalities to prevent community transmission.
On 11 May, 174 cases and 5 deaths were reported. 49 tested positive in Udaipur, 28 in Jaipur, 13 in Jodhpur, 12 in Ajmer, 11 in Alwar, 9 each in Kota and Nagaur, 7 in Sirohi, 6 in Jalore and 5 each in Chittorgarh and Pali.
On 12 May, 138 cases and 4 deaths were reported. 42 tested positive in Udaipur, 34 in Jaipur and 25 in Jodhpur.
On 13 May, 202 cases and 4 deaths were reported. 61 were reported in Jaipur, 33 in Udaipur, 28 in Jalore, 27 in Pali, 8 in Jodhpur, 6 in Sawai Madhopur and 5 each in Kota and Rajsamand. 1 more BSF soldier tested positive. An increase in number of infected people was observed as large number of migrants started returning from the severely hit states due to COVID-19. So far, 177 migrants have tested positive in the state. As a result, all the migrants would have to go through 14 day compulsory quarantine according to the State Health minister Dr. Raghu Sharma.
On 14 May, 206 cases and 4 deaths were reported. Udaipur reported 59 cases, Jodhpur (36), Jalore (22), Jaipur (20) and Nagaur (17). 267 migrants have tested positive so far.
On 15 May, 213 cases were reported while no death was reported. 48 in Kota, 38 in Udaipur, 31 in Jodhpur, 23 in Jaipur, 13 in Pali and 9 in Chittorgarh tested positive. 6 more BSF personnel tested positive. So far, 327 migrants who returned to the state have been found infected.
On 16 May, 213 cases and one death were reported. Jaipur reported highest 131 cases in the state, as 119 inmates including Jail superintendent in Jaipur District Jail tested positive. Infection was believed to be spread through an inmate who was brought on 10 April to the jail and later he tested positive. All the infected patients were separated in a COVID care centre set up inside the jail.
On 17 May, 242 cases and 5 deaths were reported, which took state tally to 5202. 60 tested positive in Jaipur, 43 in Jodhpur, 18 in Dungarpur and 14 in Pali. According to State health minister, random sampling in jails were started to prevent spread of the COVID-19. The Rajasthan High Court directed state government to form committees in each district to check if guidelines to prevent the infection were followed in the jails.
On 18 May, 305 cases and 7 deaths were reported, Daily new cases continued to rise as the Migrants from other states returned. So far, 656 migrants have tested positive in last five days. Dungarpur district recorded 64 cases, highest in the state, 47 tested positive in Jaipur, 35 in Jodhpur, 25 each in Jalore and Bhilwara, 21 in Udaipur, 12 in Jaisalmer, 11 in Barmer and 10 in Rajsamand.
On 19 May, 338 cases out of which 232 were migrants and 5 deaths were reported, which was highest spike in a day. Dungarpur reported highest cases in a row for second day with 87 cases, 77 cases were reported in Pali, 39 in Jodhpur, 22 in Nagaur, 17 each in Jaipur and Barmer, 16 in Udaipur, and 12 in Bikaner.
On 20 May, 170 cases and 4 deaths were reported in the state. In a week, 990 migrants had tested positive in the state.
On 21 May, 212 cases and 4 deaths were reported in the state.
On 22 May, 267 cases and 2 deaths were reported in the state. 30 in Pali, 29 in Jaipur, 27 each in Dungarpur and Nagaur, 21 in Jodhpur, 20 in Kota, 18 in Sirohi, 14 in Barmer district and 12 in Udaipur. Half of the active cases in the state were migrants which accounts nearly 1300, as around 1 million migrants returned to the state in last 10 days.
On 23 May, 248 cases and 7 deaths were reported. Recovery rate of the state standed at 57% with 3786 recoveries. 26 tested positive in Jodhpur, 23 in Pali, 22 in Jaipur, 19 in Rajsamand, 14 each in Udaipur and Kota, 13 in Jalore, 12 each in Dungarpur and Bhilwara, 8 in Jhunjhunu, 7 in Jhalawar, and 6 each in Brmer and Ajmer.
On 24 May, 286 cases and 3 deaths were reported. 78 from Jaipur, 47 from Nagaur, 34 from Jodhpur, 24 from Rajsamand, 22 from Ajmer, 21 from Udaipur, 7 from Pali and 6 each from Kota, Bhiwara, Bharatpur and Barmer tested positive.
On 25 May, 272 cases and 4 deaths were reported. 50 from Pali, 48 from Nagaur, 44 from Sikar, 17 from Churu, 13 from Jaipur, 12 from Udaipur, 9 from Sirohi, 7 from Kota, and 5 each from Jalore, Barmer and Alwar tested positive.
The data are from Department of Medical, Health and Family welfare, Rajasthan published on their website.
Cases by districtsEdit
COVID-19 pandemic in Rajasthan by district
|Districts||Total cases||Deaths||Recoveries||Active cases|
|Zone (As of 18 May 2020)[a]: Red Orange Green|
|As of 26 May 2020 at 09:00 PM IST|
Districts with no confirmed casesEdit
There is 1 district in the state which have not reported any confirmed cases:
Districts with no active casesEdit
There are 2 districts in the state which have no active cases:
On 19 March, Section 144 which restricted gathering of five or more was imposed in Rajasthan to contain the spread of the disease. The government had also screened all passengers reaching Jaipur via foreign flights and kept the ones showing symptoms in home isolation for 14 days.
The state was first to announce complete lockdown starting 22 March, barring essential services. On 22 March, it banned public transport services in the state. On 24 March, the state banned all private vehicles in the roads after COVID-19 cases crossed 32 in the state. The state government had also announced free ration for two months for families covered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA).
On 11 April, the state government announced financial assistance of ₹50 lakhs to the family of government employees who die due to disease during anti-covid-19 operations.
On 1 May, Districts of the state were divided in three zones by Union Health Ministry based on severity of the outbreak, Rajasthan have 8 red zones, 19 orange zones and 6 green zones. The relaxations in the extended lockdown in these zones will be provided accordingly.
On 7 May, CM Ashok Gehlot sealed the state borders to prevent the entry of unauthorised personals as the cases suddenly increased across the country and said that only individuals mentioned according to the MHA guidelines were permitted.
On 18 May, Rajasthan government issued guidelines and relaxations regarding lockdown 4.0 in the state and classified the zones under Urban and Panchayat samiti categories in each district. Movement of individuals were restricted from 7 pm to 7 am for non essential activities. All shops except those in containment zones and in malls were allowed to open, with conditions of social distancing and only two to five customers allowed at a time. Except in containment zones, barber shops, salons and parlors were allowed to open with safety precautions to be followed. Restaurants, sweet shops and eateries were allowed to open but only for home deliveries and takeaways. No commercial transport were allowed in red zones while taxis, cabs and autorickshaws with driver and two riders and intercity bus services were allowed in orange zones. Except restricted activities, all other activites were permitted in green zones. In red zones, 50 percent staff were allowed to work in the government and private offices while in orange zones two third of the staff were permitted.
|Tests per million||4,364|
|Percentage Tested Positive||2.2%|
|As of 26 May 2020[update]|
Rajasthan is among the states of the country which have conducted highest number of tests and have per capita ratio of tests higher than national average. The State government is looking to further step up its testing capacity to 10,000 tests per day. 7 out of 14 government medical colleges and AIIMS Jodhpur were conducting RT-PCR testing across the state, with only Sawai Man Singh Hospital having an automatic nuclear extraction machine. Government had ordered PCR machines for all 33 districts and automatic RNA extraction machines for remaining seven medical colleges.
On 18 April, the state government was the first to start rapid testing for COVID-19 through rapid testing kits on 17 April. It gives instant results based on presence of antibodies in blood, which helps in quickly isolating the suspected person. On 21 April, the state government stopped using rapid testing kits as they were giving low accuracy of 5.4% in compared to expected 90% accuracy. Later, ICMR advised all states to stop using rapid testing kits for next two days until their on-ground teams validates these kits.
On 29 April, State Health Minister Dr. Raghu Sharma said that 8 CB-NAAT machines used for detecting Tuberculosis, were being transferred to government medical colleges in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner and Kota to increase the testing rates, as ICMR have permitted use of diagnostic machines which tests drug-resistant tuberculosis.
New tests per day
Source: Daily bulletins from Medical, Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Rajasthan and Rajswasthya.nic.in
In Rajasthan, a combination of anti-malaria, anti-Swine flu and anti-HIV drugs resulted into recovery of three patients in March.
Government of Rajasthan had sought permission from Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) for the clinical trials of the convalescent plasma therapy for treatment of severely ill patients at Sawai Man Singh Hospital (SMS Hospital) in Jaipur, as several states across the country had started its clinical trials and shown encouraging results, which ICMR approved. Rajasthan became the fourth state in the country to successfully perform clinical trials of convalescent plasma therapy as SMS Medical college and Hospital treated two COVID-19 patients. ICMR further listed SMS Medical college and Hospital for trial on 20 more patients. Rajasthan government got approval from ICMR for the clinical trials at Government Medical College Jodhpur to treat COVID-19 patients from plasma therapy, with this two government hospitals and one private hospital could treat patients from plasma therapy in the state.
Total confirmed cases, active cases, recoveries and deathsEdit
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Case fatality rateEdit
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Graph source: Data from Department of Medical, Health and Family Welfare, Government of Rajasthan
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