Published on April 19, 2021

AHMEDABAD: With 3,694 new positive cases in 24 hours, Ahmedabad district on Sunday became 23rddistrict in India to cross 1 lakh cumulative positive cases mark. One of the most affected districts in Gujarat during the pandemic, Ahmedabad accounts for one in every four Covid positive cases and one in every two deaths of Gujarat so far.

Severity for the district during the current wave could be ascertained from the fact that the last 20,000 cases (80,000 to 1 lakh) have been recorded in a matter of nine days, which took 53 days previously (60,000 to 80,000). During these nine days, the district has accounted for close to 30% cases of the state.
Keeping in mind the spread of the virus – Gujarat on Sunday for the first time crossed the daily figure of 10,000 cases and 100 deaths – leaders of different walks of life on Sunday appealed to the citizens to keep themselves under ‘self-imposed lockdown.’ With over 21,000 active cases in the district, all private and government-run hospitals are nearly full to the capacity.

Dr Mukesh Maheshwari, a city-based pathologist, said that people must not venture out without purpose to break the chain and prevent the spiralling cases. Dr Dileep Mavalankar, director of IIPH Gandhinagar, said that this wave is more infectious and people must follow all protocols like properly wearing mask and maintain at least six feet distance to ensure that they and their family members remain safe.

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