Gujarat is well on its way to become a major cause of concern for the health authorities in the state and at the Centre amid the ongoing battle against the deadly novel coronavirus.
With 2,407 cases of COVID-19 reported till date, Gujarat has already replaced Delhi as the second-most worst affected state during the pandemic. In the process, it overtook states such as Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh.
According to a report in India Today, if the current rate at which people are testing positive in the state continues, Gujarat might become the new epicentre of COVID-19 in the country.
Till April 15, the number of positive coronavirus cases in Maharashtra stood at 2801, which increased to 5,649 on April 22. Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus-related death rose from 187 to 270 in that one week.
During the same time period, Gujarat saw its death toll rising from 33 to 103 along with the number of COVID-19 cases going from 695 to an astonishing 2,407.
Now if we compare the two states, we will see that Maharashtra continues to lead as far as the number of deaths and positive cases is concerned. But while the numbers doubled up in Maharashtra, in Gujarat the numbers jumped three-fold in the span of seven days.
More than the numbers it is the pace of the outbreak that poses a greater risk for the state and the Centre as well. Meanwhile, another factor which is a cause of concern for the state is the fact that Gujarat might be testing coronavirus suspects pretty late into their infection cycle.
According to reports, those who died of COVID-19 in Gujarat till 19 April, 66 per cent died within two days of testing positive, which is 47 out of 71. Meanwhile, another 13 died the same day they tested positive.
With Gujarat being one of the business hubs in India, there is an urgent need to flatten the curve or face dire consequences at a time when the global economy is staring at a big collapse.
In fact, the 10 worst coronavirus-affected states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Kerala contribute about 70 per cent of India’s GDP.