Published on February 6, 2021

AHMEDABAD: On Friday, Gujarat had 2,641 active cases of Covid-19, which was a bit more than 1% of 2,62,948 total cases of Covid-19 recorded in the state. India on February 5 had 1.4% of total Covid-19 cases reported as active.

Two districts in Gujarat had zero active cases on Friday, whereas nine others had 10 or less active cases. Four major districts – Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, and Rajkot – accounted for 77% of the active cases, according to the state Covid-19 dashboard. Ahmedabad district alone had 1,121 or 42% of the active cases.

“The drop in daily cases – from 1,514 on December 5 to 655 on January 5 to 267 on February 5 – could be attributed to a slew of measures taken. While night curfew did play a role in ensuring prevention of unnecessary meetings, there was stringent watch on the violators of social distancing and wearing of mask rules,” said a senior state health department official. “More importantly, the mortality rate got reduced drastically.”

But the experts caution that it’s not the time to let the guards down. “We are at a crucial juncture of fight against Covid-19. We will reap the benefits of reduced cases if we ensure lower daily cases. But a few other cases did record rise after the fall in cases. Stringent watch is now required in the districts with zero or very less cases to ensure that the new cases are not added up,” said a city-based epidemiologist, adding that along with vaccination, public awareness will play a major role in containing the pandemic.

The experts are keeping a close watch on the upcoming elections and opening of the educational institutes along with other establishments to see the impact of ‘new normal.’

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