In what could be a major cause of concern for the Gujarat government, 55 fresh cases of the virus were reported in the last 12-hours—the highest rise in a day so far—taking the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases to 241 in the state.
Out of the 55 cases, 50 cases are from Ahmedabad alone, whereas two cases have been reported from Surat and one case each has been reported from Dahod, Anand, and Chhota Udepur. All the fresh cases are incidents of local transmission.
Apart from the fresh cases, the death toll due to the contagious virus also increased from 16 to 17, after a 48-year-old man died in Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (SVP) Hospital in Ahmedabad. According to hospital sources, the man had tested positive for the virus and was suffering from hypertension.
With the addition of the 50 fresh cases on Thursday, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Ahmedabad has increased to 133—the highest in Gujarat. The city has also reported the maximum number of deaths in the state. After the fresh death reported on Thursday, the death toll due to the deadly virus has increased to six in Ahmedabad.
Apart from the 133 COVID-19 cases reported from Ahmedabad so far, Surat has reported 25 cases, followed by Vadodara and Bhavnagar that have each reported 18 cases. The capital city of Gandhinagar has reported 13 cases. Rajkot is closely following Gandhinagar with 11 cases. Patan has reported five cases, whereas the coastal district of Porbandar has reported three cases. The districts of Kutch, Mehsana, Gir-Somnath, Chhota Udepur, and Anand have each reported two cases, whereas Panchmahals, Jamnagar, Morbi, Sabarkantha, and Dahod have each reported one case.
According to the Health Department, out of the total cases, two people are in a critical state and put on ventilators, 153 people are stable, 26 people have been discharged, and 17 have died. Information made available by the department also provides that 175 cases out of the total 241 are incidents of local transmission, 33 people have a history of international travel, and 32 have a history of inter-state travel.
As far as deaths are concerned, apart from the six deaths reported in Ahmedabad, four deaths have been reported from the diamond city of Surat, two deaths have been reported each from Bhavnagar and Vadodara, and one death each has been reported from Jamnagar, Panchmahals, and Patan. Out of the 17 deaths, three had a history of international travel, three had a history of inter-state travel, and the rest 11 cases were incidents of local transmission.
So far, 12,352 people have been placed under quarantine.