EM – COVID-19, Omicron Cases Rise, Cancel Vibrant Gujarat Congress

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The state opposition party asked if delegations coming from abroad to attend the summit would be quarantined for one week according to central government rules.

Published: December 29, 2021, 12:43 pm |

Last updated: December 29, 2021 12:43 PM

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AHMEDABAD: Congress called on Tuesday, amid the surge in COVID-19 cases and fear of Omicron, to cancel the Vibrant Gujarat 2022 summit to be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 10th.

The Opposition party in the state asked if delegations coming from abroad to attend the summit would be quarantined for a week according to the central government’s rules to contain the pandemic.

“COVID-19 cases are increasing, especially that of its new variant Omicron. In such circumstances, is it necessary to put on such a show? The summit should be canceled, otherwise it will be a super-spread event, “former Gujarat Congress chief Siddarth Patel said.

At a program to mark the 137th anniversary of the Congress, he said that previous Vibrant Gujarat summits had none had brought good results for the state as MoUs worth several million rupees were signed, but nothing came about and people got jobs as promised.

“The responsibility of the state government is to keep people from doing so to fall victim to the pandemic, but this government is organizing events that keep infecting people and putting them at risk of losing their lives, “he said.

” For people who have come here from other countries the central government prescribed a seven-day quarantine. Are foreign delegations quarantined here? If the quarantine rule is strictly followed, no representatives from other countries will come to such a summit, ”he said. The Vibrant Gujarat summit is slated to be held Jan. 10-12, and state government sources said it was no plans to cancel it at this time.

Incidentally, a press release from the state government states that Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel will attend the Pre-Vibrant Gujarat event on the textile sector in Surat on Wednesday.

On Tuesday Gujarat reported an inclusion of 394 on the COVID-19 balance sheet, while the state currently has 78 cases of the Omicron variant.

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