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Akshardham Temple to be closed for devotees till November 30


 The Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar will remain closed for devotees from November 24 to 30. The decision has been taken given the rising COVID-19 cases in the state. Earlier the temple authorities had said that the place would not open to the public from November 20 to 23.

The Akshardham temple joins a list of tourist and religious places in the state that have announced closure due to a surge in COVID-19 in Gujarat.

The move is aimed at reducing crowding at such places.

The Swaminarayan Temples across the city including the BAPS temple in Shahibaug will remain closed till November 30. The saints at the temple have also appealed to devotees to follow COVID-19 norms and maintain social distancing.

The state had earlier imposed a 57-hour curfew in Ahmedabad from Friday 9 pm to prevent the surge of a crowd during the weekend. Later it also announced a night curfew for Surat, Vadodara, and Rajkot.

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It has also deferred the reopening of schools. Earlier the government had announced that it will reopen classes 9 to 12 and universities from November 23 onwards. But as cases surged post-Diwali, the government has decided to defer the reopening of schools.

Guj to get the vaccine by Dec-end

Meanwhile, Deputy chief minister Nitin Patel has said that the state may get the COVID-19 vaccine by December end. As per government sources, the vaccine is likely to reach Gujarat by December-end, and efforts to identify the first receivers will begin soon.

Initially, COVID-19 frontline workers are likely to receive the shots. Technical training including how to give the dose will also be given soon.

Nitin Patel said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Tuesday meet chief ministers of all the states virtually to discuss its purchase, storage, and distribution.


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