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No decision on curfew on weekends: Nitin Patel

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As COVID-19 cases in Gujarat surge, there is a buzz that the state government may re-impose weekend curfew this week too. So far night curfew is in place from 9 pm to 6 am in Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, and Vadodara. 

Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said that as of now no decision has been taken on curfew during the weekend and urged people not to fall for rumours.

Nitin Patel said weekend curfew in the four cities will not be imposed but it was dependent on the emerging situation. “As of now no decision has been taken,” Patel said.

He however clarified that the night curfew will continue and that the situation in Gujarat was much better than in Tamil Nadu, Delhi, and other states in India.

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A 57 hour curfew was imposed in Ahmedabad starting Friday night after the city recorded a considerable surge in COVID-19 cases. It resulted in panic buying in several parts of the city and speculations were doing the round that the government may extend the curfew to contain the COVID-19 cases.

The state has over 13,600 active cases as of now.

Nitin Patel on COVID-19/Vaccines

Earlier, the deputy CM has refuted the allegations of the Opposition that the government is manipulating the data related to COVID-19. He said the government is not hiding any data related to the coronavirus pandemic and that the right data and updates are all in the public domain.

As for the vaccines, Nitin Patel said the state will need 20 volunteers every day who will be given two doses of the vaccine.

The deputy CM on November 22 claimed that vaccines for the deadly virus will be soon available and the government is preparing a strategy on how the entire population of Gujarat will be vaccinated, especially those living in the rural areas.

 

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