The night curfew imposed by the Gujarat government in four cities of the state to contain the spread of COVID-19 has been extended till February 28. The decision in this regard was taken during the meeting of a core committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel.
While the night curfew has been extended, the government has also decided to provide some additional reliefs owing to the fall in the daily surge in COVID-19 cases. Instead of the night curfew applicable from 11 pm to 6 am, it will be now applicable from midnight to 6 am from February 16—a relaxation of an hour.
Earlier, the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) had on January 31 announced the extension of night curfew till February 15. However, the duration of the curfew was reduced by an hour. While in January it was from 10 pm to 6 am, the curfew was made applicable from 11 pm to 6 am till February 15.
Notably, there were speculations that there might be relaxation in the night curfew owing to the day and night Test match between India and England at Motera Stadium scheduled later this month.
Food businesses affected
The imposition of the night curfew by the state government after the stringent lockdown last year had greatly affected the food businesses, especially in cities such as Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot and Vadodara. The decision to impose a night curfew was taken by the government due to the spurt in COVID-19 cases and deaths post-Diwali.
Decline in COVID-19 cases
In the past few weeks, Gujarat has witnessed a gradual decline in COVID-19 cases and deaths—a major relief for a state that at one point in time had the highest death rate in the country. On an average, 200 to 250 fresh cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Gujarat daily. The state recorded 247 fresh cases of the virus on Sunday. Unfortunately, over 4,400 people have died due to COVID-19 in the state so far.
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