With coronavirus cases increasing at an alarming pace, Ahmedabad is to go into a 57-hour curfew from Friday night till the morning of November 23 (Monday). The decision was taken after a late-night review of the situation in Ahmedabad.
The curfew will be in force from 9 pm of November 20 till 6 am, November 23. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani ruled out the possibility of a fresh lockdown in the state. Speaking on the curfew in Ahmedabad, he said the weekend curfew is a precautionary measure and is limited to the city alone. Police personnel have been ordered to implement rules pertaining to wearing masks and maintaining social distance, he added.
In view of the curfew, the Gujarat government decided to put on hold the reopening of schools and colleges from November 23, Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said. The government-sanctioned 300 doctors and 300 medical students for duty in Ahmedabad city on Thursday. For suburbs Sabarmati, Chandkehda and Motera, 100 additional beds are being reserved for Covid patients at Gandhinagar Civil Hospital. As on Thursday morning, Ahmedabad had 2,845 active cases.
At the national level, India’s Covi-19 tally crossed the 9-million mark with 45,522 new cases being registered and 584 patients dying in the last 24 hours, according to the Union health ministry data on Friday. India registered 44,807 new recoveries between Thursday and Friday morning as the number of active cases were at 443,794, the health ministry said. The Covid-19 recovery rate rose to 93.60% with 44,807 new recoveries in last 24 hours.
The government had allowed festivities for Dura Puja and Diwali go on with minimal curbs but Chhath Puja has not been so fortunate due to the spiralling increase in cases. In Delhi, Chhath Puja observance has been banned in public areas by the Arvind Kejriwal government.