Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that the number of COVID cases in the state was stabilizing. He spoke to the media during a visit to Junagadh on Tuesday. Rupani reiterated that despite the stabilizing of cases, the government was not taking anything lightly and was prepared for the worst scenario if needed.
He said over 2 lakh doctors, nurses, and other para-medics were engaged in the COVID battle and that the number of cases had stabilized in the last few days. “We are not in any sort of overconfidence and are prepared for any eventuality,” Vijay Rupani told the media about the COVID situation in the state.
He said the state has not allowed for a drop in oxygen supply. He said by March 15, the state was using 225 tons of oxygen while now it was 1100 tons. Vijay Rupani said the surge in oxygen demand could be addressed because the state had quickly set up facilities for the same.
He said hospitals were being set up at many industrial plants that were also generating oxygen. He told of the hospitals being set up at Arcelor steel factory in Hazira, at Reliance’s unit in Jamnagar, and also at Essar.
He said the focus was on oxygen concentrator production and that they were also trying to buy the same from other countries as well.
On whether the state will go for a lockdown or not, Rupani said the state will make a decision following the meeting of the core committee that will meet at 5 pm today.
COVID in Gujarat
Gujarat has reported 12,820 fresh cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours ending 5 pm on Monday. The addition of the fresh cases has taken Gujarat’s total tally past 6.07 lakh.
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