Night curfew to continue in 36 cities of Gujarat until May 28, restrictions enforced for 7 days


New Delhi: The Gujarat government on Thursday (May 20) announced that night curfew will be enforced in at least 36 cities in the state and will remain in place until May 28. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani stated that the night curfew will remain enforced from 8 pm to 6 am. 

“The curfew and restrictions will be enforced for 7 more days. All essential services will continue during these restrictions,” Chief Minister Vijay Rupani stated on Thursday.

The announcement from Chief Minister Rupani comes hours after the government of Gujarat declared black fungus infection an epidemic. The core committee headed by Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani held a meeting on Thursday where it was decided to declare the fungal infection an epidemic under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.

Accordingly, all medical facilities in the state will have to report all suspected and confirmed cases of post-Covid complication to the state’s health department. All government and private health facilities, medical colleges will follow the guidelines for screening, diagnosis and management of mucormycosis, issued by the Union Health Miistry and the ICMR.

According to the notification, it will be mandatory for all the healthcare facilities to report all suspected and confirmed cases of black fungus to the health department through district-level chief medical officers and subsequently to the surveillance system of the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP).

Rajasthan had declared Mucormycosis as an epidemic on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Gujarat reported 4,773 COVID-19 cases and 64 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking its tally to 7,76,220 and fatality count to 9,404, the health department said on Thursday (May 20). The state has been witnessing a drop in coronavirus cases over the last one week. From a little over 8,000 cases that were reported in the state on May 16, the daily case count has now come down below the 5,000-mark.

As many as 8,308 patients got discharge from hospitals during the day, which pushed the recovery count to 6,77,798 and the recovery rate to 87.32 per cent.

(With PTI inputs)

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