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82 test positive for coronavirus in Gujarat, Ahmedabad declared virus hotspot


The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Gujarat on Wednesday touched 82 after eight fresh cases of the virus came to light in the past 12-hour. All the eight cases have been reported from Ahmedabad, which has been declared as a coronavirus hotspot with a total 31 cases.

Out of the eight fresh cases, four have a history of inter-state travel, three cases are of local transmission, and one case has a history of foreign travel. The fresh cases include five men and three women having an age between 18 and 68 years. The fresh cases have been admitted to Civil Hospital, GMERS Hospital Sola, and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (SVP) Hospital.

The addition of the fresh cases has also increased the district-wise tally in which Ahmedabad is, unfortunately, leading with 31 cases followed by Gandhinagar with 11 cases. Surat and Rajkot have both registered 10 cases each, whereas Vadodara is closely following with nine cases. Bhavnagar has recorded six cases of the virus so far and Gir-Somnath has registered two cases. The districts of Mehsana and Kutch have recorded one case each.

Out of the total tally of 82 cases, 33 cases have a history of foreign travel, whereas 8 cases have a history of inter-state travel. The majority of the cases are, however, incidences of local transmission, a major cause of concern for the authorities.

Health secretary Jayanti Ravi informed that of the 82 cases, 67 cases under active treatment are stable, whereas three cases are on ventilators. Also, six cases are such where the patient has been discharged after he or she tested negative for coronavirus twice in 24 hours. Six people who were found coronavirus positive have died in the state so far. The death toll includes three in Ahmedabad, two in Bhavnagar, and one in Surat.

Meanwhile, 19,206 people have been kept under quarantine, whereas 418 FIRs have been registered against people violating the government’s diktat on home or institutional quarantine.

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