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Gujarat’s coronavirus tally touches 53, more cases likely


The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Gujarat has increased to 53 on Saturday after six new cases of the virus were reported from the state.  With the addition of the new cases, now Ahmedabad has 18 positive cases, followed by nine in Vadodara. Eight cases of coronavirus have been reported each from Rajkot and Gandhinagar, seven cases of the virus have been reported from Surat and one case each has been reported from Bhavnagar, Kutch, and Mehsana.

Health secretary Jayanti Ravi said the six new cases include a 66-year-old man in Vadodara with a travel history of the UK, an 81-year-old man from Gandhinagar, a 52-year-old man from Mehsana, a 70-year-old man from Ahmedabad with a travel history of Indore, a 33-year-old man from Ahmedabad, and a 45-year-old woman from Ahmedabad. She said except for the fresh case in Vadodara, all others are cases of local transmission.

There is no rise in the number of deaths due to coronavirus in the state and it remains three so far.

The health secretary informed that three positive cases have cured in the state and have tested negative for the virus. They will be discharged from the hospital, but as a precautionary measure, they will be kept at home for the next 14 days. “People should not panic, but stay alert. A positive development that discharge of coronavirus cases after treatment has started,” she said.

Clarifying on discussions on poor testing numbers, she said the government is following the parameters set by the Indian Council of Medical Research and as per that all people with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome are tested for the virus. She said 993 samples have been tested out of which 938 have come negative.

The bureaucrat also informed that the number of people who were quarantined in the state has also reduced from 20,103 to 19,340 as many of them have completed the incubation period and did not have any symptoms.

Clarifying on the availability of ventilators in the state, she said the government has 194 ventilators and the private hospitals have 619 ventilators that can be deployed right away. She said the government also has sufficient stock of masks and is also working to provide medical professionals dealing with coronavirus cases with personal protection equipment kits.

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