The Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) has finally woken up to the COVID threat and called for a voluntary lockdown during weekends. Interestingly, the GCCI’s move comes after several other small business organisations and bodies called and implemented similar steps to break the COVID infection chain.
Earlier, Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani had also called for voluntary lockdown among citizens to help the state break the COVID infection chain.
Interestingly a press release by the GCCI mentions the release date as April 14 although it was today evening that the statement was released.
GCCI represents small and big businesses across Gujarat. GCCI chief Natubhia Patel told in the release that businesses in the state should go for voluntary lockdown during the weekend to break the COVID chain.
GCCI also clarified that the call for voluntary lockdown will not apply to those who trade or deal in essential commodities.
It also appealed to businesses to provide food for their workers and primary health care facilities. It appealed that the pay workers be not deducted for the two days of voluntary lockdown.
COVID numbers in Gujarat get GCCI to act
Gujarat on Friday recorded 8,920 new infections in the last 24 hours, the highest since the pandemic began. Ninety-four deaths due to the disease were also recorded in 24 hours in the state.
Ahmedabad and Surat Municipal Corporations recorded 25 and 24 cases respectively while eight cases each were recording in municipal corporations of Vadodara and Rajkot. Rajkot district, Morbi, and Surendranagar recorded five, four, and three cases respectively.
Dangs, Jamnagar district, Jamnagar Corporation, Sabarkantha, and Surat district saw two fatalities each. One death each was recorded in Ahmedabad, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Mahisagar, Mehsana, Panchmahals, Vadodara, and Valsad.
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