Published on March 22, 2020

AHMEDABAD: It was a deadly Tuesday for Gujarat as the state recorded 19 Covid-19 deaths in 24 hours, the highest singleday death tally ever since coronavirus outbreak was first reported on March 19. Before this, 12 deaths in a day on April 19 were the highest lives lost in the state.
Roughly, every four hours, one life succumbed to coronavirus in the state on Tuesday.

Maximum loss was reported from Ahmedabad city, a national Covid-19 hotspot, where 15 patients succumbed to Corona complications. Two deaths were reported in Surat and one each from Bhavnagar and Bharuch. With the new deaths, Ahmedabad district alone now accounts for 59% of Covid-19 related fatalities in Gujarat with 53 deaths. Out of the 19 deaths, 13 were women and five were men. Out of total, six of the patients had hypertension with diabetes, two were heart patients and one had kidney ailment. The age group ranged from 40 years to 72 years with 11 were in 60+ age group.

In all, 90 patients have died during treatment while 14 more are still on ventilator. A total 139 have got discharged while 1949 patients are hospitalized.

Gujarat on Tuesday crossed 2,000 Covid-19 positive cases mark – becoming the fastest Indian state to do so. Total tally in Gujarat was recorded at 2,178 cases. Compared to 35 days taken by Maharashtra and 45 by Delhi – only two other Indian states with more than 2,000 cases – Gujarat recorded the cases in 34 days.

Coronavirus cases escalated at a record speed after the 1,000-mark in Gujarat. While it took eight days for Delhi and six days for Maharashtra to record 1,000 cases after the tally first surpassed 1,000 cases, Gujarat covered this figure in just four days.

The state started late – recording its first Covid-19 positive case on March 19, about one-and-a-half months after India’s first case. However, in little more than a month, Gujarat is now second in the tally of total cases, second only to Maharashtra as on Tuesday night.

Ahmedabad accounts for 63% of Gujarat’s cases

Bulk of the cases were reported from Ahmedabad – which has recorded 1378 or 63% of the total cases of the state. State health department officials and Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) have mentioned it repeatedly that the high number of cases is result of intensive tests carried out in close-knit clusters of the city. Containment of these areas forced the state authorities to impose curfew which has been extended till April 24.

Jayanti Ravi, principal secretary (health & family welfare), had earlier mentioned that the figures are on expected lines as each identified positive case can prevent several others and even mortality. Ahmedabad municipal commissioner Vijay Nehra had also mentioned that they are testing more persons per million than any Indian state, which is the driving force behind majority of cases which were asymptomatic.

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