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COVID surge: Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani announces new restrictions on weddings and funerals

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After getting a rap from the Gujarat high court for its handling of the COVID situation, the Gujarat government led by chief minister Vijay Rupani has made many announcements about new COVID restrictions. Now, not more than 50 people will be allowed at weddings and funerals and all celebrations and events in public places- political, religious, social, and even private ones like birthdays are banned.

All government, semi-government, and corporation offices will work with 50% of staff or will have to let them come on alternate days to ensure that the number of workers in the office is less. This however does not apply to essential services. The new restrictions will come into force from April 14. Weddings cannot be organized during curfew timings and no relaxation will be given if it is organized then.

Rupani highlights govt efforts in fighting COVID

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had in an address via Facebook said that the ban on public celebrations will be valid for April and May. He said all festivals need to be celebrated within the four walls of the homes.

All religious places have been shut down for the public till April 30 and that the daily rituals at such places be carried out with a limited number of people. He also appealed to devotees to stay at home and not go to temples.

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Highlighting the efforts of the government to fight the COVID situation, Vijay Rupani said the state was focusing on ensuring adequate quantities of Remdesivir injection, oxygen supply, and enough beds.

He said additional beds have been ensured to meet the demand in Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, and Vadodara. He said over 15,000 beds were added in the last fortnight in Ahmedabad alone. He said a request to set up a 900-bed temporary facility at the Gujarat University Convention Centre has been made to the Centre.

He added that the government will take 70% of the oxygen being manufactured in the state to ensure adequate supply. He also advised doctors not to prescribe Remdesivir injection without cause and that priority has been decided on who can access it first.

He said priority will be given to those suffering from comorbid conditions and those in emergencies. The government was ensuring that both government and private hospitals had enough stock of Remdesivir, Vijay Rupani said.

He said COVID testing has also been increased. He appealed to citizens to support the government in its efforts to fight COVID.

 

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