Nearly a fortnight after he was admitted to Ahmedabad’s SVP Hospital on April 14 after testing positive for COVID-19, Congress MLA from Jamalpur-Khadia Imran Khedawala was discharged on Monday. He was discharged after he tested negative for COVID-19 twice in 24 hours.
Khedawala’s positive test result had created a scare in the political circles as on the same day before his report came, he had met Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, and several bureaucrats. On the next day, Rupani was examined by experts and entry to his official residence for outsiders was banned for more than a week.
While getting discharged, Khedawala signed a consent form to become a plasma donor. He also appealed to people, who have become free from COVID-19, to donate plasma. The MLA also praised the services rendered by the hospital. He also urged people to not be afraid and come to the hospital to get tested.
— Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Hospital (@svphospital) April 27, 2020
More than 60 per cent cases from Gujarat are from Ahmedabad. According to sources, this was one of the main reasons why the state government had to do a U-turn on its decision of reopening shops. Within 24 hours of deciding to reopen shops, it was announced that shops won’t be reopened in Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, and Vadodara until May 3.
Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) commissioner Vijay Nehra took to social media and advised people to bring a change in their lifestyles by wearing masks and washing their hands frequently when the lockdown probably ends after May 3.
Nehra said they are trying to see how the fine on spitting in public places can be made more stringent.