The Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) has decided not to offer its services in Surat for yet another week. Earlier GSRTC had decided to stop the service from Surat depot from July 27 onwards to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Surat has been recording the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the state and later emerged as a hotspot leaving Ahmedabad behind. After Unlock 3.0 it was found that a lot of the new cases being reported from neighbouring districts were from people travelling to and from Surat.
The GSRTC has now decided to extend the service ban for another seven days and this also includes a ban on private transport buses. They too will not be allowed to ferry passengers in Surat. However, the ban does not apply to goods transport vehicles and private vehicles.
The decision to extend the ban for another week was taken at a meeting held to review the COVID-19 situation in the state.
In the last 24 hours, 181 new COVID-19 cases were reported from the city while it was 70 for the district.
The total number of cases in the district has crossed in 3300.
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COVID-19 in Gujarat
Gujarat on Thursday reported 1,092 new COVID-19 cases taking the total number of such cases in the state to 75,500. The state has in all recorded 14,310 active cases of which 79 are on a ventilator.
The state also saw 18 fatalities due to the disease. Of this, five were recorded in Surat and four in Ahmedabad. All the deaths in Ahmedabad and Surat were recorded from the city limits.
Diamond industry hit hard
The diamond industry in Surat has been hit hard due to COVID-10. The industry had decided to voluntarily shut down operation up to July 31 after an unusually high number of diamond workers, traders and businessmen contracted the disease.
The SMC also closed down the diamond market in Surat before it was allowed to function under Unlock 3.0. It is believed that lack of social distancing and workers not wearing a mask after units were allowed to operate is what had led to a rise in COVID-19 cases among the industry.
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