Ahmedabad: Gujarat government on Saturday extended the night curfew in four major cities of the state – Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot- till February 15 in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus.Also Read - IPL 2022 Auction: Dinesh Karthik, Mohammed Shami And Devdutt Padikkal; Players Hardik Pandya-Led Ahmedabad Franchise Could Bid For

However, the duration of the night curfew has been curtailed by an hour, from 10 PM-6 AM to 11 PM-6 AM, a senior official said. Also Read - Extreme Weather Events In THESE Places; Delhi To Record Coldest Day Of The Season Today

The government had imposed the night curfew in these four cities following a spike in COVID-19 cases after Diwali in November. It had later announced that the night curfew would continue till January 31, but reduced the curfew timing by one hour to 10 PM and 6 AM. Also Read - Massive Dust Storm Heads Towards Gujarat, Rajasthan: IMD Issues Alert For 12 Hours

“Starting February, Gujarat will strictly follow till February 28 the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs on January27,” Additional Chief Secretary (Home), Pankaj Kumar said.

“The night curfew would continue to be in force in four metros of the state – Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot and Surat. But it would now be between 11 pm to 6 am till February 15,” he said.

Kumar said the state has succeeded in improving the COVID-19 recovery rate to 96.94 per cent.

“But there is a need to remain cautious, vigilant and adhere to the prescribed containment strategy to prevent and completely eradicate the COVID-19 transmission,” he said.

According to him, all the activities outside of the containment zones will continue as per the SOPs issued by the various departments of the central and state governments.

Activities related to marriage functions, large gatherings, places of worship, malls, restaurants, hotels, cinema halls, swimming pools, gymnasiums, exhibition, passenger movement by train, air travel, metro train, schools, institutions of higher learning, yoga centers, gymnasiums, etc will have to be conducted in strict adherence to the SOPs, he said.

As per the release issued Friday evening, there are 3,589 active cases in Gujarat, which has so far reported 2,60,901 COVID-19 cases and 4,385 deaths.

(With inputs from PTI)