New Delhi: In an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Ahmedabad city, the civic authorities on Wednesday ordered the closure of all the shops except those providing milk and medicines for a week. Also Read - Cyclone Nisarga: Three Dead, Trees Uprooted But Mumbai Spared Major Damage | Key Developments

As per the order issued by municipal commissioner Mukesh Kumar, the shops will remain closed from May 7 midnight till 6 AM on May 15. Also Read - Markets Open, Flight Operations Resume at Mumbai Airport as Cyclone Nisarga Weakens | 10 Points

The civic authorities allowed the milk outlets and medical stores to operate, while all other shops, including those selling fruits, vegetables and grocery items, will remain closed. Also Read - Five Dead, 57 Injured as Major Blast Causes Fire at Chemical Factory in Gujarat’s Dahej Area

In another development, a team of three senior doctors from Mumbai and Delhi, including AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria, is likely to visit Ahmedabad, which has recorded a higher COVID-19 death rate. However, the government has not announced the exact date of the visit by the doctors.

The development comes after Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani made a request to Union Home Minister Amit Shah for sending the team of highly experienced medical experts.

As per official data, at 6.1 per cent, the COVID-19 death rate in Ahmedabad is almost double than the national average of around 3.3 per cent. The city so far has recorded 4,425 COVID-19 cases and 273 deaths.