With the COVID-19 crisis aggravating with each passing day, the Gujarat government on Tuesday imposed a night curfew in nine more cities to combat the spread of the viral infection. An order has been issued in this regard that will come into effect from April 28 till May 5.
The decision in this regard was taken by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in a high-level meeting after considering the fresh guidelines related to COVID control issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The nine cities that have been added to the list of 20 cities where night curfew has been imposed include Palanpur, Navsari, Valsad, Himmatnagar, Botad, Porbandar, Viramgam, Veraval and Chhota Udepur. The night curfew will be applicable from 8 pm to 6 am. Exception from the night curfew has been granted to emergency services.
As per the guidelines, all restaurants in these 29 cities will be closed only take-away services can be continued. Malls, shopping complexes, cinema halls, auditoriums, gyms, swimming pools, water parks, public gardens, salons, spas & other amusement activities will be closed in all 29 cities.
All Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMCs) will be closed. Only APMCs associated with vegetables & fruits can be continued. Public access to religious places across the state will be closed. Only administrators & priests will be able to perform puja.
Public bus transport will continue in the entire state with 50 per cent capacity. A maximum of 50 people will be allowed at weddings. A maximum of 20 people will be allowed at funerals.
COVID-19 situation in Gujarat
COVID cases in Gujarat touched 14,340 new infections per day in the last 24 hours on Monday. In all, 7,727 patients were discharged during the same period. 158 deaths due to the disease were recorded in 24 hours in the state.
Ahmedabad and Surat Municipal Corporations recorded 26 and 23 deaths each while ten deaths each were recorded in municipal corporations of Vadodara and Rajkot respectively.
All other districts except Tapi, Navsari, Porbandar, Narmada and Dangs recorded at least one death due to COVID.
The state at present has 1,21,461 active cases of which 412 are on ventilators. So far, the state has discharged 3,82,426 patients while the fatality stands at 6,486.
Ahmedabad recorded the highest number of per day cases with the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation alone recording 5,619 cases. Surat Municipal Corporation registered 1472 COVID cases. Surat district also recorded 404 cases.
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