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COVID surge: Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad to shut evening OPD for a month

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The evening Out Patient Department (OPD) services at Civil Hospital will be closed for a month given the surge in COVID cases as the government diverts its resources to handle the pandemic. The decision was taken at a review meeting held at the Civil Hospital which was attended by top Gujarat government health officials.

The meeting was also attended by doctors including HODs of various departments and administrators of the civil hospital in which details were sought about the COVID situation in the city and the hospital’s preparedness and handling of it so far.

Earlier, during the first wave of COVID the new buildings of Cancer and Kidney Hospital in Civil Medicity were converted into COVID care centers and the meeting also discussed the possibility of doing it again.

COVID in Gujarat

COVID cases in Gujarat continued to scale new heights as it recorded 3,280 new infections in the last 24 hours while 2,167 patients were discharged. Seventeen deaths due to the disease were recorded during the same period.

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Seven deaths each were reported from Surat and Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation limits. Two fatalities were in Rajkot Municipal Corporation and one in Vadodara Municipal Corporation.
The state at present has 17,348 active cases of which 171 are on ventilators. So far, the state has discharged 3,02,932 patients while the fatality stands at 4,598.

Ahmedabad recorded the highest number of per day cases with the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation alone recording 798 cases. Surat Municipal Corporation registered 615 COVID cases. Surat district also recorded 196 cases.

Given the surge in COVID cases in the state, the Gujarat government has decided to increase the curfew timings in 20 cities of Gujarat. The new curfew timings will be from 8 pm to 6 am and will be valid till April 30.

 

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