After facing severe criticism for the failure to contain the spread of coronavirus in Gujarat, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Friday tried to shift the blame on members of the Tablighi Jamaat for spreading the deadly virus in Gujarat and across the country.
Notably, members of the Tablighi Jamaat had attended a religious congregation at Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz that resulted in a spike in COVID-19 cases in several states, with over 1,400 coronavirus cases across the country linked to the Delhi gathering.
Rupani said the government is taking all possible steps to contain the spread of the virus. He said authorities are doing aggressive testing in hotspot areas and many COVID-19 positive cases are recovering fast.
He further said the majority of the people who died due to the virus were already suffering from co-morbidity, a claim already made by health secretary Jayanti Ravi on Thursday.
The chief minister also said the virus would have infected many more people had the government not implemented curfew in selected regions to check its spread. He also expressed hope that Gujarat would emerge victorious the battle against COVID-19.
The CM said Gujarat was well prepared to fight the battle against coronavirus and the government had made an elaborate plan in advance for the same. He also said COVID-19 positive cases would be treated free of cost at government health facilities and all their medical expenses will be borne by the state government.
Meanwhile, Gujarat has reported 191 fresh cases of coronavirus in the past 24-hours ending at 5 pm on Friday. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the state’s coronavirus case tally to 2,815. Also, 15 deaths were reported in the state during the past 24-hours that has taken the death toll to 127.