The Gujarat government on Wednesday said no case of coronavirus has been reported from the state so far and it is well-prepared to tackle the situation. So far, 1,500 people from 21 countries who have entered Gujarat have been already screened at various airports for symptoms of the deadly virus, but none of them have been found positive for COVID-19.
The authorities and experts on the subject are also hopeful that the scorching summer in Gujarat in the coming days will act as a natural barrier against coronavirus. While not much is known on how the virus will react to sustained heat during the summer months, experts see a ray of hope as similar strands of coronavirus such as the Sever Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) had earlier showed a downward trend during summer.
According to health minister Nitin Patel, the government is on high alert and closely monitoring the situation. He said isolation wards have been created in all civil hospitals across the state, with dedicated doctors and paramedic staff. Patel added that the state is in constant touch of the Centre and is following all instructions issued by the Union Health Ministry.
Meanwhile, health commissioner Jaiprakash Shivhare said all passengers coming from abroad are being screened for coronavirus symptoms and they are made to fill a declaration that contains all their details. He also said a helpline (104) has been also started to answer the queries of citizens regarding coronavirus.
Meanwhile, Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner Vijay Nehra urged people to resort to ‘namaste’ rather than shaking hands while meeting and greeting people. He also informed that isolation ward has been also created at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (SVP) Hospital operated by AMC.