Wednesday, January 12 2022

Cities in Rajasthan have seen increasing footfall as locals and tourists alike seek to celebrate the Christmas and New Years season. Several people have been seen flouting Covid-19 standards despite an increase in coronavirus cases .

[Image for Representation] Artists take a selfie in front of the replica of the Hawa Mahal in Jaipur. (Photo PTI)

As the Christmas and New Year festival season approaches, hundreds of residents and tourists in Rajasthan have been seen flouting Covid-19 protocols despite fears of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus and the recent surge cases.

The number of Omicron variant cases of the coronavirus in Rajasthan has crossed 20, while the number of Covid-19 cases has also spiked, with daily cases crossing the 200 mark.

But despite the increase in cases, hundreds of people, including locals and tourists, have flocked to the state’s major tourist destinations.

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Cities such as Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Udaipur – considered popular tourist destinations – are experiencing increasing attendance. In Jaipur, home to buildings with facades painted in pink, hundreds of people have been seen flouting Covid protocols as they gathered in large numbers despite concerns over an increase in Covid-19 cases.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan’s Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has called a Covid-19 review meeting in the wake of the increase in coronavirus cases.

So far, up to 8,961 people have succumbed to the infection in Rajasthan.

Several medical experts believe that if people remain lax and do not follow the Covid protocol and if the Omicron variant continues to spread, the situation may worsen in India. This will put even more strain on the medical infrastructure, as has happened in some Western countries.

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ALSO READ: Why Experts Suggest Omicron Wave In India And How The Government Plans To Deal With It

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