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Former Ahmedabad Mayor Gautam Shah is COVID-19 positive


Former Ahmedabad mayor Gautam Shah was admitted to the SVP Hospital after he tested positive for COVID-19. Meanwhile, Ahmedabad mayor Bijal Patel will also get herself tested for COVID-19 at Tagore Hall on Thursday.

Gautam Shah joins the long list of city leaders who are battling COVID-19

The AMC’s meet of all corporators will be held at the Tagore Hall on September 25. It is mandatory for all attending the meet to get themselves tested for COVID-19. Only those who test negative will be allowed to attend the meet.

Others who tested positive

Earlier deputy mayor of Ahmedabad Dinesh Makwana had also tested positive. He was put under home quarantine for a fortnight and it came to an end on September 22. He later announced that he had recovered from the disease.

AMTS Chairman Atul Bhavsar, Khadia corporator Mayur Dave had also tested positive and was shifted to the SVP Hospital.

Apart from Dave, 30 other corporators have tested positive so far in the city. Four MLAs from Gujarat – Imran Khedawala, Jagdish Panchal, Kishore Chauhan and Balram Thavani have also suffered from the disease and recovered.

1,441 drivers, waste collectors and sanitation workers, as well as 5 other staff members of the AMC, have tested positive so far.

AMC’s drive

The AMC has opened testing centres at almost all wards in the city. The civic body is also actively testing passengers arriving by trains in the city. It is also carrying out surprise checks at malls, offices and other premises to ensure that COVID-19 norms are followed.

Earlier, five MLAs of the Gujarat Assembly tested positive for COVID-19, ahead of the assembly session that began on Monday. COVID-19 testing was made mandatory for all the MLAs, employees and even media personnel attending the proceedings.

Of the five MLAs, four are from Congress while one is from the BJP. Punabhai Gamit (Vyara), Nathabhai Patel (Dhanera), Virji Thumar (Lathi) and Jasubhai Patel (Bayad) of Congress tested positive while BJP’s Kanubhai Patel (Sanand) is also suffering from the disease.

Several BJP ministers and leaders have also tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Recently BJP Gujarat President CR Patil and BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya were discharged from private hospitals after being successfully treated for COVID-19.


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