The Gujarat government on March 30 extended the night curfew in four cities till April 15. The night curfew in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot will now remain effective between 9 pm and 6 am till April 15, an official release said.
The government also extended the implementation of the Centre's guidelines on testing, tracing and treatment and other measures by another month till April 30, it said.
The government had on March 16 increased the timing of the night curfew, which has been in force since November last year, by two hours due to a rise in COVID-19 cases.
Local authorities later decided to increase that timing by another one hour. The night curfew was supposed to remain in force till March 31.
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The state's toll stands at 4,510, and the number of people discharged is 2,88,565, leaving it with 12,263 active cases, including 147 critical patients.
These four major cities alone accounted for nearly 70 percent of the infections.