Published on April 21, 2020

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat on Tuesday recorded 127 new cases, taking the total Covid-19 positive cases in Gujarat to 2,066.
In past 12 hours, Gujarat also recorded six new deaths, taking the death toll of the state to 77.
Jayanti Ravi, principal secretary (health & family welfare), said that the new cases have been reported from Surat (69), Ahmedabad (50), Rajkot (2), Valsad (2) and Gir Somnath, Kheda, Tapi (1 each).

Ravi said that the cases are primarily reported from the identified hotspots. The areas in Ahmedabad that reported new cases include Ghatlodia, Dudheshwar, Dariyapur, Chandkheda, Jamalpur, Juhapura, Shahibaug, Behrampura, Maninagar, Raipur, Hathijan, Vastral, Memnagar, Naranpura, Danilimda and Geeta Mandir.

“In Surat, the areas include Lambe Hanuman Road, Umarwada, Man Darwaja, Udhna, Salabatpura, Pandesara, Katargam, Lal Gate, Choryasi, Mithi Khadi Limbayat,” she said. “Likewise, Sutrapada in Junagadh recorded a case and two cases from Valsad are from Dharampur and Aner. Nadiad in Kheda has recorded the single case from district.”

“Out of 2,066 total positive cases from the state, 77 succumbed to the infection, 131 are discharged and 1858 are hospitalized. Out of total hospitalized, 19 are on ventilator,” said Ravi.

The principal secretary said that out of six deaths recorded in past 12 hours, five patients were from Ahmedabad and one from Bhavnagar. “The 55-year-old woman from Bhavnagar had hypertension whereas a 66-year-old man from Ahmedabad was a kidney disease patient along with diabetes. Likewise, a 72-year-old woman from Ahmedabad was having hypertension,” she said.

Ravi said that they had conducted a meeting with the civic chiefs in major cities of Gujarat to devise intensified testing strategy to identify Covid-19 positive cases quickly. “A survey would also be initiated for the elderly population which is at higher risk. It’s been seen that the viral infection affects the vulnerable population – above 60 – having existing health issues. The survey would cover the population, asking them whether they have experienced any of the symptoms associated with the Covid-19,” she said.

In another decision, the principal secretary said, the state government would soon issue directive to check the patients coming for emergency surgeries for Covid-19 status. The move is initiated to ensure safety of the treating staff and quicker identification of the patients. “We are also providing PPE kits and N95 masks in the OPDs for identifying Covid-19 cases,” she said.

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