Surat which has been recording the highest COVID-19 cases in Gujarat is likely to see a surge as more migrant labourers return to the city for employment.
The administration has also increased the number of testing with particular focus on the railway station, bust stand and airport. It should be noted that the number of COVID-19 infected in Gujarat has crossed the 1 lakh mark. Surat has so far recorded 17,854 cases and 674 deaths. It has a recovery rate of 87.5%.
Why is the surge happening
But the city is now recording a surge and those in the know believe that the crowd that gathered during the Ganesh Utsav celebration is one of the reasons for the rise in COVID-19 numbers.
The return of migrant labourers has also added to the spread of disease. Athva and Rander zone in Surat which has a substantial number of migrants has seen a surge in cases.
Surat Municipal Commissioner Banchanidhi Pani said that the recent surge is because people forgot social distancing and came together to celebrate Ganesh Utsav in respective societies and apartments.
More youth and students are testing positive and those in the know said the youth are not taking the COVID-19 threat seriously and continue to be without masks or maintain social distancing.
Another reason for the surge in cases is the return of migrant labourers who had left the city during the lockdown.
What is the administration doing
At present the administration has set up testing facilities at airports, bus depots and railway stations to detect COVID-19 positive cases among migrant labourers and passengers returning to the city.
Moreover, all the GIDC administrators have been asked to ensure that COVID-19 tests are carried out for workers at such units. Those found positive will have to be quarantined and not allowed to come for work for a week.
Surat that is known for its love for food is out on the streets way past midnight. As a result, the administration has now decided that no street food joints will be allowed post 10 pm to prevent the gathering of the crowd.
In Surat Airport alone 739 people have been tested of which 10 were positive. 4709 passengers were tested at Central Bus Depot of which 59 were positive while 20 of 622 tested at Adajan check post had COVID-19.
1,1402 people at Jahangirpura, Palsana, Valak, Kadodara and Sayan check post were checked of which 180 tested positive. 9,967 people were tested at Surat Railway station of which 106 were positive.
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