Night curfew in Gujarat's Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot extended for 15 days

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In view of a surge in coronavirus cases, the Gujarat government extended the night curfew in four major cities of the state -- Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, and Rajkot -- by another 15 days.

In view of rising Covid cases, night curfew in 4 Gujarat cities has been extended for 15 days (PTI/representation)

The Gujarat government on Saturday extended the night curfew in four major cities of the state by another 15 days in view of a surge in coronavirus cases. The night curfew in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, and Rajkot will end on February 28.

The Gujarat government had issued an official statement regarding the night curfew in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, and Rajkot. This is the fifth extension of the night curfew, which first came into force in November last year after a spurt in coronavirus cases in these cities post-Diwali.

The ongoing night curfew starts at midnight and ends at 6 am. Although the statement about the extended night curfew does not mention the time, the existing schedule is likely to continue.

In view of increasing coronavirus cases, the government has decided to expedite the vaccination drive, the statement said.

The statement was issued following a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Friday evening to review the coronavirus situation in Gujarat.

In the first phase of Covid-19 vaccination, out of the total 4.82 lakh health care workers, more than 4.07 lakh (or 84 percent) have been administered the first dose of the vaccine, the statement said.

Also, out of the total 5.41 lakh frontline workers, 4. 14 lakh (or 77 percent) have been covered in the drive so far. The second dose of Covid-19 vaccine has been given to 1.23 lakh healthcare workers till now, it said.

Gujarat has so far reported 2,69,031 Covid-19 cases, out of which 2,62,487 patients have recovered. On Friday, it reported 460 new cases.

(With PTI inputs)

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