The state government has announced that it will be allocating Rs100 crore to the health department to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund will come from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Interestingly, a release from the government said that this allocation is part of the Rs14,022 crore Atmanirbhar Gujarat package recently announced by the Rupani government.
The release said that the government will also be allocating funds to the seven municipal corporations in the state to help them battle the disease.
Under the announcement, Ahmedabad will get Rs50 crore, Surat Rs15 crore, Vadodara Rs10 crore and Rajkot Rs10 crore. Bhavnagar, Gandhinagar and Jamnagar municipal corporations will get Rs5 crore each to battle the disease.
Gujarat has so far recorded 18,609 COVID-19 cases and 1,155 fatalities due to the disease. The state has been recording over 300 cases for more than a month and has recorded more than 400 hundred cases seven times since the pandemic began.
Ahmedabad has the highest number of cases in the state. It has recorded 13,354 cases and 938 deaths due to the disease. Surat and Vadodara have recorded 1,875 and 1,179 cases respectively. The fatalities in these districts were 74 (Surat) and 42 (Vadodara). Gandhinagar has so far recorded 360 cases and 15 deaths.