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Gujarat extends night curfew in 36 cities till May 18

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The Gujarat government on Tuesday announced that the night curfew in place in 36 cities of the state will be extended for another week ending on May 18. The night curfew is in place from 8 pm to 6 am.

Earlier Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had said that they were putting in place a detailed plan to tackle a possible third wave. The CM also met top doctors, and scientists to come up with a state-level strategy for the same.

Part of the strategy includes strengthening health infrastructure, increasing the number of oxygen-equipped beds among others. A state government release said the focus of the strategy will be to reduce deaths and infections due to the disease.

Curfew in Gujarat

The Gujarat government had on May 4 announced an extension of the curfew to 36 towns and cities of Gujarat. The curfew was to be valid from 8 pm to 6 am. The government had initially put the eight municipal corporations under curfew and later extended it to 29 towns and cities.

But later it extended to cover Deesa, Ankleshwar, Vapi, Modasa, Radhanpur, Kadi, and Visnagar among others. Thus, all 36 towns and cities is now under curfew in the state.

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The earlier curfew was valid from May 6 to May 12. A core committee meeting chaired by Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani had at that time taken the decision. The committee decided that all activities and services associated with COVID 19 like hospitals, pharmacies, oxygen supply plants, and such will continue to function.

Essential services like milk parlours, groceries, fruits and vegetables, and such will also continue to function. Restaurants and hotels can offer takeaway facilities. All offices including government and private will continue to function with just 50% staff strength.

 

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