Published on April 7, 2020

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat health and family welfare department officials on Tuesday morning mentioned that the state recorded 19 new positive cases –- 13 in Ahmedabad alone. With the new cases, the total positive Covid-19 cases in Gujarat have reached to 165.

Since April 4, Gujarat has added 57 cases out of which 32 or 56% are from Ahmedabad alone. The biggest city and economic capital of the state is already declared as a national hotspot for Covid-19 spread. On Monday, the state government declared eight zones in the city where containment strategy has been initiated for population of 14,075.

Jayanti Ravi, principal secretary (health & family welfare) said that out of 19 new positive cases, 13 are from Ahmedabad, 3 from Patan and one each from Bhavnagar, Anand and Sabarkantha. The last two districts recorded their first Covid-19 positive cases. She said that 13 of the new cases are associated with Markaz at Nizamuddin directly or indirectly.

“A total of 15 hotspots have been identified across Gujarat covering population of about 1.45 lakh. Coordination meeting between various agencies has already been done so as to ensure complete and strict lockdown,” said Ravi.

Ravi added that in all there are 24 areas in five cities of Gujarat where intensive door-to-door surveillance is being conducted by 328 workers in 74 teams. They are entrusted with collection of data and identification of any suspected case. They are working with police protection to address any contingency, said the principal secretary.

“Testing has also been scaled up significantly. On Monday, about 1,000 samples were collected. They are being ferried to different labs for testing,” she said. “As on Tuesday morning, 3,040 tests have been conducted in Gujarat out of which 165 are positive, 2,835 are negative and result for 40 is pending.”

In the new cases, a sanitary worker in Anand and a health worker in Sabarkantha. Ravi said that the cause of infection is being probed. “After the case in Sabarkantha came to light, we had a word with the collector. Disinfection of the entire hospital premises is on whereas the person who might have come in contact with the man are being identified,” said Ravi.

The principal secretary also said that the health department is in constant touch with the districts and rural areas where the spread is not recorded so far to ensure that there is adequate precaution exercised to identify any person who might have come to the area in past one month.

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