Restrictions may remain in force for one to two weeks more
GANDHINAGAR: With the spurt in Covid-19 cases having stretched thin the state’s healthcare infrastructure, especially in the availability of hospital beds, medical oxygen and medicines, the state government is likely to extend night curfew in 29 cities and towns including Ahmedabad, beyond May 5.
Apart from night curfew from 8pm to 6am, the government had announced a slew of restrictions in 29 cities and towns from April 28 to May 5.
A formal decision on the likely continuation of night curfew and restrictions is expected to be taken at the cabinet meeting on May 5.
Key sources in the government indicated that the daily number of Covid-19 positive cases are still hovering around the 14,000 mark and any relaxation in the restrictions could again cause a spike in cases.
“A lot of efforts are still required to ensure that the health facilities are able to match up to the number of new daily cases. After getting feedback from various quarters, officials have advised the government to continue with night curfew and restrictions in 29 cities and towns,” a source in the government said.
Sources further said that after May 5, restrictions are likely to remain in force for one to two weeks.
“It has been learnt that some commercial and service establishments remained open although a majority were closed. From May 6 there could be some additional restrictions on commercial and service establishments. Some non-essential industries could also be asked to restrict operations,” sources said.
Sources however stated that a total lockdown across the state is an option only if the central government gives directions to this effect. “The state government will consider a state-wide lockdown only if the Union government directs it to do so,” a source said.
Following a Covid control advisory by the central government last month, the Gujarat government had announced a series of restrictions and increased the number of cities and towns under night curfew.