Ahmedabad: To control the spread of coronavirus in the worst-hit Ahmedabad city, civic authorities on Wednesday ordered the closure of all the shops except those selling milk and medicines for a week, triggering panic buying of grocery items and vegetables by citizens.
As per the order signed by in-charge municipal commissioner Mukesh Kumar, the shops will remain closed from May 7 midnight till 6 am on May 15.
While milk outlets and medical stores can remain open, all other shops, including those selling fruits, vegetables and grocery items, will remain closed in a bid to minimise human contact to break the chain of the viral infection, the order said.
The sale of vegetables, fruits and grocery items was earlier allowed during the lockdown.
Kumar was made in-charge municipal commissioner on Tuesday after civic chief Vijay Nehra went on a 14-day home quarantine as he had come into contact with some coronavirus-positive persons.
"In view of the rising number of COVID-19 cases, it is necessary in the public interest to take adequate steps," Kumar said.
Meanwhile, panicked citizens came out in large numbers to buy groceries and vegetables.
Earlier, several vegetable vendors tested positive for coronavirus in the city, prompting authorities to screen all the vendors before allowing them to do business.
Ahmedabad accounts for 4,358 coronavirus positive cases of the total 6,245 cases in Gujarat and 273 of the total 368 fatalities.