Ahmedabad: In a move to check the alarming rise of novel coronavirus cases in Ahmedabad, authorities decided to impose a “complete curfew” from today (November 20).

The curfew period begins from 9:00 pm of November 20 till the morning of November 23 at 6:00 am. The decision to impose the marathon 57-hour long curfew was taken after a late night review of the coronavirus situation in Ahmedabad.

Rajiv Kumar Gupta, Additional chief secretary, Government of Gujarat, who is also in-charge for Covid-19 management in Ahmedabad, announced the latest decision by the government.

"Corona situation was reviewed late night, and it has been decided that “complete curfew” shall be imposed from tomorrow night 9:00 pm till Monday morning 6:00 am in city of Ahmedabad," Gupta said in a statement.

"During this period, only shops selling milk and medicines shall be permitted to remain open," he added in a Twitter post tonight.

The decision to impose the night curfew from 9 pm to 6 am from Friday was taken in a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and attended by Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel and senior officials of the AMC on Thursday afternoon. The situation was reviewed again late evening. Gupta, in a late night post on Twitter emphasised that after the total curfew lifts Monday 6 am, the city would go under the indefinite night curfew Monday night onward.

The Gujarat government also decided to put on hold the reopening of schools and colleges from November 23.

“We have withdrawn the decision to reopen schools and colleges from November 23 for the time being. It will be decided in due course,” Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama was quoted by The Indian Express.

In its latest health bulletin, the government reported 1,340 new Covid-19 cases and seven deaths in 24 hours across the State. Ahmedabad city reported 230 cases in past 24 hours.