The 10th edition of ‘Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit’ will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gandhinagar on January 10. State Health Minister Hrishikesh Patel has said that the state government has sought exemption from the Center in the seven-day quarantine rule regarding the COVID-19 virus, so that representatives coming from risk countries can participate in this program.
Ahmedabad: Amid a sharp rise in the number of coronavirus cases in Gujarat, Health Minister Hrishikesh Patel said on Thursday that the state government is committed to holding a ‘Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit’ next month.
He said that for this, the state government has sought exemption from the Center in the seven-day quarantine rule, so that international representatives coming from at-risk countries can participate in this program.
He said that this event would benefit the state financially and also generate employment.
Claiming that the coronavirus situation in the state is ‘under control’, the Health Minister said that from now on only fully vaccinated visitors would be allowed to enter government offices.
The 10th edition of the ‘Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit’, to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will begin in Gandhinagar from January 10. The objective of this event is to attract investment in the state.
The objective of the event is to attract investment to the state by bringing together domestic as well as foreign business leaders, investors, heads of states and officials.
According to the news agency PTI, however, in the revised guidelines of the Center regarding the Omicron variant of the corona virus, it has been said that travelers from at-risk countries should have negative COVID-19 test reports and undergo a mandatory seven-day quarantine.
In Gandhinagar, Patel said, ‘COVID-19 cases are increasing, but mainly due to our active vaccination campaign, the situation is under control in Gujarat. Unlike the second wave, we are not seeing any major complications in patients today. From now on only fully vaccinated visitors will be allowed to enter government offices.
He said that all the visitors coming to participate in the Vibrant Summit will have to give a negative RT-PCR report to gain entry.
The minister told reporters that the state government will also conduct RT-PCR test at the venue of those who do not have negative reports.
Patel said, “Economic activity and new investment are important for Gujarat as it generates employment opportunities. The Gujarat government is determined to welcome those who want to come here and participate in the summit even in this situation. We will organize the summit by following all the norms.
Patel said, ‘So we have consulted the Center regarding that rule with respect to international passengers. Since the summit is for the benefit of Gujarat, we have urged the Center to revise the guidelines for visitors (coming from risk countries). The Center will take the final decision (relaxation of rules) regarding this.
The Health Minister also said that the Gujarat government will organize camps in schools to vaccinate 35 lakh eligible children in the age group of 15 to 18 years as per the guidelines issued by the Union Health Ministry.
He said that the mega vaccination campaign would run across the state from January 3 to 9. On Thursday, 573 new cases were reported in Gujarat and two deaths have occurred.
(with input from news agency language)
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