Gandhinagar, April 14 (IANS) In a significant move, the Gujarat government on Tuesday decided to impose curfew in the fort city of Ahmedabad for a week. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said the decision was taken to curb the outbreak in the city that has reported most coronavirus cases in the state.
The week-long curfew will continue in Ahmedabad and the area of Dani Limda.
"With public corporation, we have had a successful lockdown period of 21 days in the state. Today Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended the lockdown till the May 3. Gujarat too has extended the lockdown for the same period," said the Chief Minister.
"More than 350 positive corona cases have been reported from Ahmedabad -- more than 50% of the entire state, mostly from the old city areas such as Dani Limda," said Rupani.
"We will intensify surveillance in these areas and ensure that health workers carry out their duties and identify each infected person in these areas. They will provide them with the best of treatment and send them back to their homes. We have decided to impose a curfew in the city area as well as Dani Limda," added Rupani.
"The curfew period will start from 6 a.m. on Wednesday till 6 p.m. of the April 21. The Gujarat Police will enforce the curfew," said Rupani.
Relaxation to buy essential commodities like milk, vegetables, grains, medicines will be given only to women of these areas between 1 and 4 p.m., added Rupani.
Gujarat has registered 617 corona positive cases as on Tuesday, as Ahmedabad continued having more than half the state's total with 351 positive cases. On Tuesday, the health authorities detected 45 more positive cases across the state, once again from the clusters and hotspots of major cities, especially Ahmedabad.
A total of 26 people have died due to coronavirus in the state.