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Gujarat collected Rs115.88 cr as fine from COVID mask violators


Gujarat government on Thursday filed an affidavit before the Gujarat High Court stating that during COVID times it has collected Rs115.88 crore as fine from mask violators or those who did not cover their face appropriately while in public as of December 22.

The affidavit filed by Jayanti Ravi, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department of the state said as of December 22, only 11% of COVID beds are occupied in the state.

The affidavit further said in Ahmedabad 79% of beds are vacant for COVID-19 patients. In 87 private and government hospitals a total of 7,430 beds are available for COVID-19 patients of which only 1,428 beds are occupied.

There are 50,000 beds available for patients in 730 COVID-19 hospitals across the state.

The weekly COVID-19 testing figures in the affidavit shows a declining trend after November 26. Around 2.73 lakh people were tested for COVID-19 between December 18 to 22. A total of 91.62 lakh COVID-19 tests were carried out across the state of which 2.37 lakh people have tested positive for the disease. Thus the positivity rate stands at – 2.61.

COVID tests conducted by AMC

  • In the last few weeks, AMC has conducted a total of 5.3 lakh tests on passengers coming to Ahmedabad by highways.
  • AMC has tested over 50,000 passengers arriving in the city by trains.
  • Multiple drives over months have been carried out for testing employees in offices and establishments. The AMC has conducted 77,000 tests in more than 10,000 buildings and offices.
  • AMC has carried out more than 10,000 tests of suspected super-spreaders.
  • Gujarat’s positivity rate is lower than India’s 6.25.
  • The discharge rate of COVID patients has increased to 92.80% as of December 22.
  • 4248 people in the state have succumbed to COVID-19 in the last nine months.
  • The active cases as of December 22 were 11,397 and 2.21 lakh people have been discharged after treatment.
  • At present 64 people are on ventilators.


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