New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Gujarat government on Tuesday announced night curfews in four metro cities in wake of the rising COVID-19 cases in the state. In the latest order, the Gujarat government said that night curfew will be implemented in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot from 10 pm to 6 am starting from today till March 31.  

The Gujarat government, in its order, said that a pre-night curfew system will also be maintained in these four metro cities till March 16 from 12 am to 6 am. 

"Gujarat government has decided to implement night curfew in four metros-Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat & Rajkot from 10 pm to 6 am between March 17 and March 31. Pre-night curfew system will be maintained in these four metros till March 16 from 12 am to 6 am", State Government said in its order. 

The restrictions came as Gujarat witnessed a rise in coronavirus cases in the past few weeks. This is the sixth phase of night curfews in Gujarat. The first extension of the night curfew was imposed in Surat, Vadodara, Ahmedabad and Rajkot in November last year when these cities reported a spike in coronavirus cases after Diwali. 

The number of coronavirus cases in Gujarat rose to 2,79,097 with 890 people being detected with the infection on Monday, while the day also saw  594 people recovering and one Surat resident dying. 

The recovery count in the state is 2,69,955, which is 96.72 per cent of the caseload, and the death toll stands at 4,425, leaving it with 4,717 active cases, including 56 critical ones, he added.

"Surat led with 262 new cases, followed by 209 in Ahmedabad, 97 in Vadodara and 95 in Rajkot. Other districts saw cases in the 18-30 range," the official said. A state government official said 1,07,323 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 on Monday, including 89,138 in the senior citizen and 45 years plus with comorbidities groups. So far, 20,69,918 people have got the first dose of the vaccine and 5,15,842 have received the second dose.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan