New Delhi: The Rajasthan government on Saturday imposed Section 144 of the CrPC in the capital city of Jaipur till December 20 in view of the increasing number of coronavirus cases. The government has also imposed night curfew in eight district headquarters including Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Bikaner, Udaipur, Ajmer, Alwar and Bhilwara. Also Read - Shows His Small Thinking: Rajasthan BJP Chief Slams Gehlot For Saying 'Love Jihad' Coined by BJP to Divide Country

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On Saturday, Rajasthan reported 3,007 fresh cases of the coronavirus, the highest in a single day, and 16 deaths, according to an official report. Of these, Jaipur reported the highest spike of 551 cases, followed by Jodhpur where 444 persons tested positive for the viral disease.

Bikaner, Ajmer, Kota, Alwar, Bhilwara and Ganganagar reported 215, 210, 203, 139, 128 and 115 cases respectively, the report said.

Meanwhile, four deaths were reported from Jaipur and one each from Ajmer, Bharatpur, Bhilwara, Bikaner, Churu, Jodhpur, Kota, Nagaur, Sawai Madhopur, Sikar, Tonk and Udaipur.

The COVID-19 tally in the state now stands at 2,40,676 and the death toll at 2,146. The number of active cases in the state is 21,951, it said.

Opposition BJP in Rajasthan has demanded that the state government focus on ensuring the availability of beds, ventilators and oxygen in hospitals, and improve arrangements for COVID-19 patients.

BJP state president Satish Poonia said that the state government should focus on ensuring proper availability of beds, ventilators and oxygen in hospitals.

Poonia alleged that the infection is spreading due to the negligence of the health department.

“Coronavirus infection is spreading continuously in the state and despite this, the health department is not paying attention to it. The number of coronavirus positive patients in hospitals is also increasing but there are no proper arrangements of beds and ventilators,” the BJP state chief said in a statement.

He said that the Centre is providing financial assistance to the state government for improving medical facilities and the state government should focus on improving arrangements for patients.