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Janta curfew: Buses to be off Guj roads on Sunday, says CM

Press Trust of India  |  Gandhinagar 

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay

Rupani on Friday said no government buses will ply on Sunday in view of the 'Janta curfew' announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The move, announced by the PM during a national address on Thursday, seeks to keep people indoors between 7am and 9pm on Sunday in a bid to stall the spread of the novel coronavirus.

State transport buses, those being operated under the BRTS mechanism, as well as city buses will be off the roads in the state on Sunday, the CM said.

"There is Janta curfew on Sunday in Gujarat. Services of ST, BRTS and city buses will remain shut during Sunday. We all need to observe Janta curfew on that day to contain the spread of the virus," he said.

The state has reported five Covid-19 cases, including three on Friday.

"People who have recently returned from abroad need to undergo home quarantine voluntarily. Children and elderly people should not go out. People should avoid going out unless it is absolutely necessary. We must keep one meter distance with others while we are out," he said in a video message.

"We all need to strictly follow PM Modi's appeal of Janta curfew on Sunday by remaining in our homes between 7:00am and 9:00pm. This is in the interest of the people. I am confident that we will be able to stop the spread of virus with our collective efforts," said Rupani.

The state government has already ordered the closure of schools, colleges, tuition classes, gyms, water parks, multiplexes, party plots and other public places, like temples and the well-patronised State of Unity, to combat the outbreak.

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First Published: Fri, March 20 2020. 16:14 IST