Gandhinagar, Apr 21: Gujarat has reported six more deaths and 127 new cases of Novel Coronavirus in the past 12 hours, taking the overall number of positive cases in the western state to 2066, including 77 deaths and 131 recoveries so far.
There was no new recovery during the last 12 hours in the state, where 27 of the total 33 districts have reported positive cases so far. Tapi and Valsad districts of South Gujarat are the new entrants in the list. Five of the deceased belonged to Ahmedabad, including three women (aged 72, 66 and 55) and two men (aged 66, 50), while a 55-year-old woman hailed from Bhavnagar. Two of them had comorbidity.
With 50 new infections, Ahmedabad has a total of maximum 1298 reported positive cases, including 43 deaths and 49 recoveries so far. All the new cases were locals. Of the remaining cases, 69 were in Surat, two each in Rajkot and Valsad and one each in Aravalli, Gir Somnath, Kheda and Tapi. Of the 1858 active cases, 19 are on ventilator and remaining 1839 are stable. Principal Secretary of Health Jayanti Ravi said that so far, 35,543 tests, including 3339 in the past 24 hours, have been conducted.
The first case of COVID-19 infection in the state was detected on March 19 in Rajkot, while the first death was reported on March 22 in Surat, where 10 deaths have been reported so far. Ahmedabad has seen the maximum 43 deaths, followed by seven in Vadodara, five in Bhavnagar, two each in Gandhinagar and Panchmahal, and one each in Anand, Patan, Jamnagar, Botad, Kutch and Aravalli. The deceased included 29 women and 30 senior citizens. Gandhinagar has now in all 17 cases (including 11 recoveries, 2 death), Vadodara 188 (7 recovered, 8 dead), Rajkot 40 (12 recoveries), Surat has 338 ( 10 dead, 11 recovered), Bhavnagar 32 (5 deaths, 16 recovered), Patan 15 (1 death, 11 recoveries), Bharuch 23 (2 recovered, one death) , Anand 28 (3 recovered, 2 death), Narmada 12, Banaskantha (one recovery) 10, Panchmahal 11 (2 death), Chhota Udepur (one recovery) 7, Aravalli (one death) 8 each Botad (one dead) 5 and Mahesana and Kutch (one dead) 6 each, Kheda, Dahod, Mahisagar, Dahod, Gir Somnath (one recovered) and Porbandar ( all 3 recovered) 3 each, Valsad, Sabarkantha (both recovered) -2 each and one each in Tapi, Morbi and Jamnagar (one death). Total 30354 people across the state are under the 14-day quarantine. Of the total positive cases, 33 had returned from abroad, 34 have travel history inside the country, while the remaining 1757 were locals, without any out-of-station travel history.
She said in the wake of increasing number of cases, a total of 28 clusters across the state, including 14 in Ahmedabad city, seven in Rajkot, three in Bhavnagar and two each in Surat and Vadodara have been put under complete lockdown for cluster quarantine. Curfew has been imposed in parts of Ahmedabad, Surat and Rajkot cities.
An MLA of main opposition Congress, Imran Khedawala was detected COVID-19 positive and was hospitalised in Ahmedabad on April 14, hours after meeting Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who had also gone in seven-day quarantine, since that day. (UNI)