Published on April 4, 2020

AHMEDABAD: On Saturday, Gujarat became the 11th state in the country to cross the 100-mark with 10 new positive cases of Covid-19 in last 12 hours. Ahmedabad on Saturday also recorded one more death, taking the state’s total death toll to 10.

Jayanti Ravi, principal secretary (health & family welfare), told media that Gujarat now has 105 positive cases. “The 10 new cases include five from Ahmedabad, two each from Gandhinagar and Bhavnagar and one from Patan,” she said.

Out of the new cases, nine cases are of local transmission whereas a 47-year-old man from Patan – the first positive case for the north Gujarat district – had travel history to Mumbai, said health department officials.

“On positive note, four patients have completely got cured and have been discharged in past 12 hours. These patients include three from Gandhinagar and one from Vadodara,” said the principal secretary. “Covid-19 infection is severe for the persons in old age. But one of the patients discharged include an 80-year-old woman from Gandhinagar which is an encouraging news.”

Ravi said that as on Saturday morning, there is no patient on ventilator and all 81 patients currently under medical care are stable.

Gujarat has tested 2,139 samples out of which 105 are positive, 2,018 are negative and results for 16 samples are pending. Health department officials said that 15,777 persons are currently under quarantine including 14,520 under home quarantine.

With the new cases, now Gujarat has 59% of cases where the patient had no travel history, 31% had international travel history and 10% had domestic travel history. Among the deceased persons, six were the cases of local transmission – higher than the two patients each with international and domestic travel history.

Ravi said that they have identified the clusters in cities like Ahmedabad where chances of transmission are high. “We had a meeting with Vijay Nehra, municipal commissioner of Ahmedabad, and the work is on for identification and containment of specific zones,” she said. “We again request citizens to cooperate in the process – we are taking help of police to ensure law and order.”

In a question about the persons identified with the travel history to Markaz in Nizamuddin, Delhi, Ravi said that they are regularly getting details from the police department which has been entrusted with identification of all the persons. “All necessary measures are being taken. We will be testing all the persons at the least,” she said.

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