March 25, 2020

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat’s total positive Covid-19 cases rose to 38 with addition of three more cases from Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara each. Only one of the cases had travel history whereas two others are local transmissions, said state health & family welfare department officials.

Jayanti Ravi, principal secretary (health), told media on Wednesday morning that in a span of 24 hours, Gujarat recorded 5 positive cases -– two from Rajkot and one each from Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat.
“Out of the total, two cases -– one each from Rajkot and Ahmedabad had travel history abroad – to Dubai in both the cases – whereas three cases are of local transmission,” she said.

With the latest count, the district tally for Gujarat stands at 14 in Ahmedabad — seven each in Surat and Vadodara, six in Gandhinagar, three in Rajkot and one in Kutch. Surat has recorded the only confirmed death of Covid-19 patient.

Ravi said that there is significant rise in number of persons under quarantine in Gujarat. “There are total 211 government-run quarantine facilities today. As on Wednesday, 20,688 persons are under 14-day quarantine –- 20,220 at their residences, 430 in government-run quarantine and 38 at private facilities,” she said.

Gujarat has so far recorded 147 cases of breach in quarantine rules. As punishment, the persons have been shifted to government quarantines. Answering a question about quality of the government quarantines, Ravi said that the CM has reviewed the facilities and they would address the issues raised.

“As part of Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP), Gujarat has completed survey of 1.07 crore persons. The surveys are quick and often conducted on telephone to ascertain whether there are any persons with travel history and whether there is spike in symptoms associated with Covid-19,” said Ravi. “Through the system, we have identified 15,468 persons with travel history. Out of that, about 15 persons had shown symptoms who are provided medical help.”

There is significant spike in the calls made to government-run fever helpline 104, said Ravi, with daily calls reaching to 20,000. “After the CM’s review of the situation, additional 250 persons have been assigned to the helpline. A total of 258 persons have been provided support after they reported the symptoms through the helpline,” said Ravi.

The principal secretary added that they have appealed to the doctors to run their OPDs free of cost for some days to augment the government efforts to quickly identify and treat Covid-19 symptoms. “We are focusing on severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) reported at government and private hospitals for the purpose,” said Ravi.

The CM Relief Fund is getting good response from the donors, said Ravi. On Tuesday the state government had announced that the citizens and organizations wishing to donate for fight against COVID-19 can donate to the fund.

On first day of the national 21-day lockdown announced by PM Modi, the city and state roads wore deserted looks. As it was the first day of Chaitri Navratri, considered to be a major occasion for many devotees in the state, prayers and puja were offered by the priests sans crowd.

The shops of essential goods and commodities saw crowds but police were deployed at all major spots to ensure social distancing. In a major move, the traditional Jamalpur vegetable market, one of the biggest in Ahmedabad, got shifted to Sabarmati Riverfront in an effort to reduce crowding.

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