Gandhinagar, May 10 : Gujarat on Sunday reported 21 more deaths and 398 new cases of novel coronavirus infection in the last 24 hours taking the overall number of positive cases in the western state to 8,195 including the 493 deaths and 2,545 recoveries so far. According to the official bulletin of the health department, there were 454 new recoveries during the last 24 hours in the state.
266 of the total discharges were in Ahmedabad, 41 in Vadodara and 33 in Surat. With the implementation of the new rules for discharge from the hospital regarding releasing those asymptomatic cases who have no fever for consecutive three days, today was the highest number of discharges so far. It said that 18 of the deaths occurred in Ahmedabad and one each in Bhavnagar, Surat and Anand. 13 of them had some kind of comorbidity. With 278 more new cases Ahmedabad has a total of the maximum 5818 reported positive cases including the 381 deaths and 1373 recoveries so far.
All the new cases were locals, Of the total 5157 active cases 31 were on ventilators, the bulletin further said. Notably, the first case of the 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 39 deaths have been reported so far. Ahmedabad has seen the maximum 381 deaths, Bhavnagar and Anand seven each, Vadodara 31, Gandhinagar five, Panchmahal four, Banaskantha three, Bharuch, Sabarkantha, Jamnagar and Aravalli two each and one each in Patan, Botad, Kutch , Mahesana, Valsad and Rajkot, Kheda and Mahisagar. Of the total positive cases 33 had returned from abroad, 34 have travel history inside the country while the remaining were locals without any out of station travel history.
So far a total of 113493 tests have been conducted across the state. Nine of the total 33 districts in the state including Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Gandhinagar, Anand, Banaskantha, Panchmahal, Bhavnagar and Aravalli have been marked as red-zones while five including Morbi, Amreli, Devbhoomi-Dwarka, Porbandar and Junagadh were in Green zones the bulletin stated. Remaining 19 districts including the home-town of CM Vijay Rupani, Rajkot have been marked as orange zones, the bulletin added. Meanwhile, a total lockdown during which only medicine and milk shops would remain open, have been implemented in Ahmedabad and Surat cities till 0600 hrs of May 15. Paramilitary forces have been deployed in the most affected areas. People were however facing hardships due to the closure of grocery shops and ban on fruits and vegetable vendors. (UNI)