Published on April 22, 2020

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat on Wednesday recorded 94 new positive cases, taking the total cases in the state to 2,272. The state also recorded five more deaths, taking the total toll to 95.
Jayanti Ravi, principal secretary (health & family welfare), said that the new cases are from Ahmedabad (61), Surat (17), Vadodara (8), Aravalli (5), Botad (2) and Rajkot (1).
“The cases are primarily getting reported from identified hotspots for the viral infection – in Ahmedabad, areas like Danilimda, Raipur, Jamalpur, Meghaninagar, Gomtipur, Shahibaug, Behrampura, Astodia and Thaltej recorded new cases,” said Ravi. “In Surat, such areas are Man Darwaja, Varachha, Dabholi, Kosad, Kamrej and Nanpura.”

In Vadodara, Nagarwada, Nyay Mandir and Karjan recorded new cases and the new positive patients were from Sathamba, Kataba and Modasa in Aravalli.

Out of 2,272 total positive patients recorded in Gujarat so far, 95 have died and 144 have got discharged. Out of 2,033 patients under hospitalization, 13 are on ventilator and can be considered critical, said state health department officials.

“Since last briefing, five deaths have been reported in Gujarat – four from Ahmedabad and one from Valsad,” said Ravi. “The 21-year-old patient in Valsad had brain tumor whereas a 52-year-old man from Ahmedabad was suffering from liver complications.” Three other patients from Ahmedabad – aged between 56 and 60 years – had no apparent co-morbidity.

On Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, five more patients got cured of the viral infection and got discharged from hosipitals – four were from Ahmedabad and one from Bharuch.

The principal secretary said that so far, Gujarat has carried out 38,059 tests to find out positive patients out of which 2,516 were conducted in past 24 hours. “We found 206 positive cases through these tests. While the condition in identified hotspots is more or less stable now, we will be expanding the scope of tests to other regions of the state,” she said.

With new cases, Ahmedabad district now accounts for 63% of Gujarat’s cases with 1,434 cases. The district also accounts for 57 of 95 deaths of Gujarat – 60% of the state.

Answering a question on the high treatment cost at the three private hospitals identified by the state government for treatment of Covid-19 positive patients, Ravi said that they would discuss the issue with the stakeholders and state government. “The treatment is free in government-run hospitals across the state. Moreover, we have entered into agreement with 31 hospitals in 26 districts for cashless treatment. The private hospitals were identified because of demand for the same from a section. But we will look into the issues reported,” she said.

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