New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: To contain the spread of the coronavirus in the worst-hit Ahmedabad city, the civic authorities imposed a complete lockdown from Wednesday midnight and ordered the closure of all shops except those selling milk and medicines, as a emergency measure to control the spiraling cases of coronavirus in the city.

An additional five companies of para-military forces also arrived in the city for a week for rigorous enforcement of the social distancing norms.   

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The decision, however, resulted in a bout of rule-breaking and panic buying as people rushed to markets to stock upon essential supplies. Several areas reported situation of chaos with long queues outside shops and roadside vegetable vendors. Social distancing norms were also violated and lockdown guidelines which bar movement from 7pm to 7am were also not followed.

As per the order signed by in-charge municipal commissioner Mukesh Kumar, the shops will remain closed from May 7 midnight till 6 am on May 15. While milk outlets and medical stores can remain open, all other shops, including those selling fruits, vegetables and grocery items, will remain closed, in a bid to minimise human contact to break the chain of the viral infection, the order said.

Kumar was made in-charge municipal commissioner on Tuesday after civic chief Vijay Nehra went in a 14-day home quarantine, as he had come into contact with some coronavirus positive persons. "In view of the rising number COVID-19 cases, it is necessary in the public interest to take adequate steps," Kumar stated as reported by news agency PTI.

Delivery of food ordered online was also banned, with the civic body saying the delivery persons of apps like Swiggy and Zomato can also spread infection. Earlier, several vegetable vendors tested positive for coronavirus in the city, prompting authorities to screen all the vendors before allowing them to do business.

Meanwhile, the civic authorities of Surat in Gujarat on Thursday also announced similar orders and said that all shops selling vegetables and fruits will remain closed in the city from May 9 to May 14 in view of the increasing cases.

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Ahmedabad accounts for 4,716 coronavirus positive cases of the total 6,625 cases in Gujarat and 273 of the total 396 fatalities, while 754 people have been afflicted in Surat. After Maharashtra, Gujarat has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country.

Posted By: Talib Khan