The Gujarat government has announced a night curfew from 8 pm to 6 am in 20 cities in the state following the sharp rise in Covid-19 cases. The night curfew will be in effect till 30 April. A core group for coronavirus headed by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani took the decision to impose the night curfew after a brief meeting.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah and principal secretary in Prime Ministers Office (PMO) P K Mishra also joined the meeting. “COVID-19 cases are on the rise every day. Home minister Amit Shah and, principal secretary in the PMO P K Mishra today joined our core group meeting on coronavirus and guided us,” Rupani said post-meeting.
“The High Court has given us some suggestions and we have decided on it. Earlier we had imposed a curfew in four big cities of the state. Now we have decided to implement a night curfew in 20 cities of the state,” he added.
The list of 20 cities where the curfew is being imposed: Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamangar, Bhavnagar, Junagadh, Gandhinagar, Anand, Nadiad, Mehasana, Morbi, Dahod, Patan, Godhra, Bhuj, Gandhidham, Bharuch, Surendranagar and Amreli.
The Gujarat government has also taken several COVID-19 curbs into consideration like banning all political and social gatherings till April 30. They have also reduced the number of guests who can attend a marriage ceremony. Earlier, the curfew was in force from 9 pm to 6 am in four cities of Gujarat, Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot.
Gujarat reported 3,280 new coronavirus positive cases in the last 24 hours which is the highest rise in a day. According to the state health department, the total tally of infections has reached 3,24,878 while 17 deaths on the previous day pushed the death toll to 4,598.