Gujarat is among the six states that continue to report a surge in COVID-19 cases. Together these six states account for 85.95 per cent of the new cases being reported daily. The five other states where COVID-19 infections are rising include Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Punjab and Karnataka.
As far as daily surge in COVID-19 infections is concerned, Gujarat stands at fifth position in the country and is trailing behind Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab and Tamil Nadu. While Maharashtra has reported 7,863 cases, Kerala reported 2,938 cases, Punjab reported 729 cases, Tamil Nadu reported 462 cases and Gujarat reported 454 cases. Karnataka is at the bottom of this list with 437 cases in the last 24 hours.
As per the health ministry data, Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana and Karnataka have shown the maximum increase in new cases on a week on week basis. Maharashtra alone accounted for a weekly increase of 16,012 cases, in terms of the number of cases. In percentage terms, Punjab reported the weekly increase of 71.5% (1,783 cases).
These six states have been directed by the Centre to maintain a continued rigorous vigil for containing the spread of COVID-19 so that the gains of collective efforts are not squandered away.
24×7 COVID-19 vaccination
Meanwhile, the Centre said that hospitals do not necessarily have to stick to a fixed schedule to vaccinate people against COVID-19 and can extend or advance the vaccination schedule any day. This will help speed up the vaccination drive as more and more people become eligible for the life-saving shots.
Union health minister Harsh Varshan tweeted, “The government has removed time constraint to increase the speed of vaccination. People can get vaccinated 24×7 at their convenience. Prime Minister Narendra Modi understands the value of both time and health of citizens.”
However, since all hospitals –both private and government ones—involved in the inoculation drive are linked by the government’s CoWIN app and website, the flexible schedule allowed by the government is applicable to both.
Over 1.56 crore people have been vaccinated so far. Of it, 7.68 lakh people were vaccinated on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, 149 employees of GVK EMRI (Emergency Management and Research Institute) 108 ambulance service personnel on Wednesday received the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Ahmedabad. All the employees were vaccinated at GVK’s office in Ahmedabad.
The emergency service has helped shift over 1.29 lakh suspected COVID cases to various hospitals since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March – 2020.
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