The state government and the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) which are struggling to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic have now launched the second drive-through RTPCR testing facility for citizens at the Vastral RTO Ground in Ahmedabad. The second facility has been launched in collaboration with Unipath laboratory and the charge of testing is as per the rate fixed by the Gujarat government.
The government has already launched the first such facility at GMDC ground that received a good response. However, citizens had requested that a similar facility should be made available for people living in east Ahmedabad.
AMC had on Saturday tweeted, “The RTPCR drive at GMDC now extends its service to everyone. Now, you can drive in your car, two-wheeler, cycle or just walk into the COVID-19 RTPCR drive-through testing centre and get yourself tested. Timings 8 am to 8 pm.”
Criticism from HC
Notably, the development comes after the Gujarat High Court lambasted the state government for its lackadaisical approach in managing the pandemic. It had raised serious questions regarding the delay in the testing of suspected cases and the delay in receiving results that further aggravates the situation.
Following the criticism, the state government had informed the high court that it is taking measures to ensure that the delay is minimized. However, it asserted that laboratories, both government and private, are receiving a considerably high inflow of samples than their capacity that has resulted in delays.
COVID-19 situation in Gujarat
COVID cases in Gujarat touched 9,541 new infections per day in the last 24 hours ending 5 pm on Saturday, the highest since the pandemic began. In all 3,783 patients were discharged during the same period. Ninety-seven deaths due to the disease were recorded in 24 hours in the state.
Ahmedabad and Surat Municipal Corporations recorded 26 and 25 deaths respectively while seven and eight fatalities were recorded in municipal corporations of Vadodara and Rajkot respectively. Morbi district had three deaths in a day.
Bhavnagar and Jamnagar (including district and municipal corporation of each district) had four fatalities each. Banaskantha, Mehsana, and Rajkot districts had two deaths. Dangs, Bharuch, Botad, Gandhinagar corporation, Mahisagar, Panchmahals, Sabarkantha, and Vadodara had one fatality each.
The state at present has 55,398 active cases of which 304 are on ventilators. So far, the state has discharged 3,33,564 patients while the fatality stands at 5,267.
Ahmedabad recorded the highest number of per day cases with the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation alone recording 3,241 cases. Surat Municipal Corporation registered 1,720 COVID cases. Surat district also recorded 435 cases.
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