Published on March 28, 2021

AHMEDABAD: While Gujarat recorded yet another highest daily Covid case tally of 2,276 in 24 hours, it also made another record of sorts.

In the past 10 days, the state recorded 17,423 new Covid cases. The figure is 33% of the total of 53,558 cases recorded in the state in 2021 till March 27.

Ahmedabad and Surat cities alone accounted for 53% of the total cases in the past 10 days, making them epicentres of the pandemic. In the past 10 days, the daily positive cases doubled from 1,122 on March 17 to 2,276 on March 27.

The cities also doubled their daily tallies – in Ahmedabad, the daily cases rose from 264 to 601 whereas in Surat, the figures were 315 and 607 on March 17 and March 27, respectively.

Dr Bharat Gadhvi, president of Ahmedabad Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (AHNA) said that the bed occupancy in private hospitals of Ahmedabad is at 48% with 1,415 patients. “Daily, we are witnessing the addition of about 100 patients. Moreover, the number of patients requiring home care is double of that number. We have already asked the member hospitals to increase the beds,” he said.

Experts have attributed the surge – Gujarat is recording 2,000-plus daily cases for the past two days – to the change in virus profile where the spread is very fast but the severity is less.

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