Published on April 16, 2020

AHMEDABAD: In past 12 hours, Gujarat recorded 105 new positive cases, taking the number of total positive cases in the state to 871.

Likewise, three patients — one each from Kutch, Botad and Ahmedabad — succumbed to viral infection. Death toll due to Covid-19 in Gujarat is now at 36.

Jayanti Ravi, principal secretary (health & family welfare), said that out of the new cases, 42 are from Ahmedabad, 35 from Surat, 8 from Anand, 6 from Vadodara, 4 each from Banaskantha and Narmada, 3 from Rajkot and 1 each from Gandhinagar, Kheda and Panchmahal. Out of total, 53 are men and 52 are women.

Ravi said that majority of the positive cases from the covid-19 hotspots have come from the identified areas with high concentration of cases. “For example, in Ahmedabad, we have got new cases from Juhapura, Jamalpur, Behrampura, Danilimda, Bodakdev, Maninagar, Meghaninagar, Saraspur and Gomtipur,” she said. “Likewise, in Surat the areas include Mal Darwaja, Katargam, Mithi Khadi, Rustompura and Umarwada.”

Vadodara’s Nagarwada and Rajkot’s Jangleshwar also recorded new cases. Both these areas have earlier recorded Covid-19 positive cases.

“We also recorded three deaths. An 80-year-old man died at Salangpur in Botad. He was suffering from lung disease. A 60-year-old woman from Ahmedabad died at SVP Hospital. She had co-morbidity in form of diabetes,” said Ravi. “A 62-year-old man died at GK General Hospital at Bhuj in Kutch. He is not found to have any co-morbidities.”

In all, out of 871 total positive cases in Gujarat, 36 are dead and 64 are discharged. Out of 771 patients under hospital care, 766 are stable and 5 are on ventilator, said state health department officials.

Ravi said that Gujarat on Thursday crossed 20,000 tests for Covid-19. “We have so far carried out 20,204 tests. In past 24 hours, we had 2,971 tests out of which 176 turned out to be positive,” she said, adding that identified Covid-19 hotspots have seen substantial rise in testing for past one week.

“Compared to India’s average of 177 tests per million (10 lakh population), Gujarat now is conducting 267 tests per million,” said Ravi.

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