Independent MLA from Vadgam Assembly constituency in Gujarat, Jignesh Mevani, on Friday revealed that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is recovering in isolation. He has urged people who have come in contact with him in the past few days to get tested for the viral infection.
Mevani took to Twitter to inform people about his health status. He tweeted, “I have tested positive for #COVID19. My health is stable for now and I am recovering in isolation. I request everyone who came in my contact to get themselves tested. And my humble request to you to wear your masks, stay home as much as possible and maintain social distance.”
Mevani had come into prominence in 2016 following an assault on Dalits in Una. By organising protests over the Una incident, Mevani became, arguably, the modern face of Dalit assertion in Gujarat.
Jignesh Mevani expresses gratitude
Mevani also expressed gratitude to the frontline workers who are serving the society amid the pandemic.
He said, “My heartfelt gratitude to the medical staff, the doctors and other frontliners who are doing an unbelievable job in this time, risking their own lives, losing their sleep and mental peace. True heroes!”
COVID-19 situation in Gujarat
COVID cases in Gujarat reached a whopping 8,152 new infections per day in the last 24 hours ending 5 pm on Thursday, the highest since the pandemic began. In all 3,023 patients were discharged during the same period. Eighty-one deaths due to the disease were recorded in 24 hours in the state.
Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, and Rajkot Municipal Corporations recorded 27, 25, six, and eight deaths respectively. Two fatalities each were recorded from Rajkot, Banaskantha, Sabarkantha districts, and Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation. Ahmedabad, Anand, Bharuch, Gandhinagar, Junagadh, Surat, and Vadodara districts recorded one fatality each.
The state at present has 44,298 active cases of which 267 are on ventilators. So far, the state has discharged 3,26,394 patients while the fatality stands at 5,076.
Ahmedabad recorded the highest number of per day cases with the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation alone recording 2,631 cases. Surat Municipal Corporation registered 1,551 COVID cases. Surat district also recorded 313 cases.
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