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Seven more Kumbh returnees in Ahmedabad test COVID positive

Seven new COVID positive cases were detected among Kumbh Mela returnees in Ahmedabad. In all 160 Kumbh returnees were tested at Ahmedabad Railway station of which seven tested positive. Those who are being tested positive are being shifted to COVID isolation centres. The testing of Kumbh returnees has been going on at Sabarmati Railway station...

Gujarat records 11,403 new COVID cases in a day, 117 deaths

COVID cases in Gujarat touched 11,403 new infections per day in the last 24 hours, the highest since the pandemic began. In all 4,179 patients were discharged during the same period. 117 deaths due to the disease were recorded in 24 hours in the state. Ahmedabad and Surat Municipal Corporations recorded 23 and 28 deaths...

AMC seals BMW, 4 other offices in Ahmedabad for violating 50% staff rule

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) sealed five offices including that of BMW for violating the 50% staff rule. Earlier, the civic body had asked that all offices be run at 50% staff strength as part of its efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the city. On Monday, the tax department carried out checking...

Gujarat govt slashes rates for RT-PCR test, every district to have a testing lab

Health Minister Nitin Patel has announced a further reduction in the rates for RT-PCR testing in Gujarat. He further said that every district in the state will have an RT-PCR laboratory. The announcement came as Gujarat battles a surge in COVID cases. Nitin Patel said the RT-PCR test would now cost Rs700 in laboratories and...

Congress leader Chidambaram questions Gujarat Model over under-reporting of COVID death

Hitting out at the Gujarat Model, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Monday questioned the COVID statistics being put out by Gujarat. The former union minister cited a report from an English Daily stating that official Gujara had 78 deaths on April 17 while 689 bodies were cremated as per COVID protocol in the municipal...

Will 8 municipal corporations in Gujarat see a lockdown?

Given the surge in COVID, there is speculation that the state government may impose a lockdown in the eight municipal corporations of the city. It should be noted that four of these corporations- Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, and Vadodara – account for the bulk of the COVID cases being reported in the state. If the buzz...

IFFCO to set up oxygen plant in Kalol unit, to supply free oxygen to hospitals

The Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) is going to set up an oxygen plant with 200 cubic meters per hour capacity in its unit in Gujarat’s Kalol. It will provide free oxygen to hospitals suffering from a shortage of oxygen amid the unprecedented surge in COVID-19 infections in the state. The plant will generate...

COVID surge: Valsad goes for 10-day lockdown, panic creates crowd at marketplace

Valsad administration has announced a complete 10-day lockdown from Tuesday onwards to help curb the surge in COVID cases in the district. But the announcement resulted in people thronging the marketplace to stock up on essentials in the fear that the 10-day lockdown will be extended. The crowding also resulted in the social distancing norms...

Ahmedabad-based father appeals to PM Modi to help raise Rs1.25 cr to bring ill son back from Japan

A Ghatlodia resident in Ahmedabad has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help his son who is in Japan. The father, Haribhai Patel, had gone to Japan to help his ill son who is suffering from TB and is under treatment at a hospital. The 56-year-old has sought help from Modi to help bring...

Gujarat govt issues guidelines on Remdesivir use

Unable to meet the demand of Remdesivir—a crucial antiviral drug used for COVID-19 treatment, the Gujarat government has issued guidelines related to the jab that is in huge demand owing to the massive surge in hospitalisations and deaths due to the deadly virus. The government has said that there is no evidence that suggests that...

Gujarat: 10,340 COVID-19 cases, 110 deaths in a day

Gujarat has reported 10,340 fresh cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours ending 5 pm on Sunday. The addition of the fresh cases has taken Gujarat’s total tally past 4.04 lakh. It is the highest single-day surge in cases since the pandemic began last year. 5,377 COVID-19 related deaths in Gujarat 110 deaths were...

Nitin Patel admits shortage of beds, health facilities in Gujarat as COVID cases surge

Gujarat’s health minister Nitin Patel on Sunday admitted that there is a dearth of beds required for COVID-19 patients in the state—a fact that the government had been denying for the past few days despite media reports suggesting so. Patel said that the current requirement of beds and allied healthcare facilities in view of the...