Published on April 1, 2020

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat on Wednesday recorded the sharpest spike in COVID-19 positive cases with 13 new positive cases, taking the total number to 87. Out of the total, 8 were from Ahmedabad, 2 each were from Surat and Porbandar and one from tribal-dominated district of Panchmahal – the first for the district.

Earlier, on March 23 the state had recorded 11 cases. Gujarat has so far recorded 6 deaths due to coronavirus whereas 7 patients have been discharged after complete recovery from the infection, said senior state health & family welfare department officials.

With the new cases, now the district-wise cases recorded in Gujarat include 31 in Ahmedabad, 12 in Surat, 11 in Gandhinagar, 10 in Rajkot, 9 in Vadodara, 6 in Bhavnagar, 3 in Porbandar, 2 in Gir Somnath and one each in Kutch, Mehsana and Panchmahal.

Jayanti Ravi, principal secretary (health & family welfare), told media that as on Wednesday evening, three patients are on ventilator whereas 71 others are stable. “A 57-year-old woman, who was admitted in the Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad, is discharged on Wednesday. Likewise, one of the first cases of Gujarat – a man in Rajkot – has his two tests negative. If all goes well, he would be discharged tonight or tomorrow morning,” she said.

As on Wednesday evening, the state has processed 1726 samples out of which 87 are positive, 1628 are negative and result for 11 is pending. Gujarat has 19,206 persons under quarantine including 18,487 in home quarantine.

Apart from Ahmedabad, which is already identified as a hotspot by the central government for COVID-19 spread, four other major cities of Gujarat – Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot and Bhavnagar – are also being treated as hotspots and activities including isolation of the areas is being done, said Ravi.

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