4th death, 19 new cases take Raj tally to 198

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Jaipur, April 4 (IANS) Rajasthan on Saturday registered its fourth corona death as 19 new people tested positive, including eight Tablighi Jamaat members taking the state tally so far to 198.

As many as 41 of these 198 attended the religious congregation in Delhi that has spearheaded the spike in cases across the country over the last two days, confirmed health officials.
Additional Chief Secretary Rohit Kumar Singh said the deceased has been identified as a Bikaner resident. “She is a 60-year-old woman admitted in the PBM Bikaner since last four days. She had no travel history. She was handicapped, and was on ventilator. She passed away at 6 a.m. on Saturday.”
Two more positive cases have come from Jodhpur — both are contacts of a woman who tested positive earlier. A fresh case was reported from Bhilwara after no fresh cases for four days.
The Bhilwara patient is an OPD patient from Bangar hospital, which became the epicentre of corona spread in the state due to the negligent behaviour of a doctor.
Singh said Banswara became the 18th district of the state to report its first two cases on Saturday.
“Two positive cases have been reported in Banswara. They are close contact of a suspect patient. Two other positive cases from Churu are members of the Tablighi Jamaat. Six more positive cases have been reported from Jhunjhunu who are all Tablighi Jamaatis.”
Jodhpur added five more positive cases. They are close contact of the lady who is already positive. The source for the rest three is being traced, he said.
Till date, two Bhilwara residents and one Alwar resident have lost their lives to corona, besides the Bikaner patient.
On Friday night, the state recorded the highest number of corona positive cases in a day, which touched 46, including nine evacuees from Iran.
In the last four days, over 40 Tablighi Jamaat members and many of their contacts have increased the number of Covid-19 patients in state.
Two districts, including Bharatpur and Dholpur recorded first case of Covid-19 for the first time on Thursday, courtesy the Tablighi Jamaat that met in Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz accumulating thousands from across the country besides hundreds of foreigners, before Telangana reported a death of a returnee, which shook the authorities up.
Similarly, Bikaner and Dausa reported their first corona cases with Tablighi Jamaat members entering here.
Health officials confirmed that the number may jump in next few days.
–IANS
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