Gu­jarat be­comes third state to cross 10k in­fec­tions

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - SPOTLIGHT - Chetan Chauhan and Jayk­is­han Sharma let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEWDELHI/SU­RAT: Gu­jarat be­came on Satur­day the third In­dian state to record 10,000 Covid-19 in­fec­tions, reach­ing the mile­stone in 58 days. Ac­cord­ing to state health depart­ment data, 350 cases on an av­er­age have been re­ported ev­ery day in May as com­pared with 143 in­fec­tions a day in April.

On Satur­day night, the to­tal num­ber of cases in the state stood at 10,989, be­hind Ma­ha­rash­tra’ s 30,706 and ahead of Tamil Nadu’s 10,585 — the two other states with over 10,000 cases. The Satur­day’s in­crease of 1,057 Covid cases was high­est sin­gle-day spike in Gu­jarat as over 700 veg­etable ven­dors tested pos­i­tive in Ahmed­abad. On May 1, there were 4,721 Covid-19 cases in the state. The in­crease of 6,268 till the May 16, put the dou­bling rate of the in­fec­tion at 11.9 days. In­dia’s cur­rent dou­bling rate is 13.9 days, ac­cord­ing to Union health min­is­ter Harsh Vard­han.

On Satur­day, fa­tal­i­ties in Gu­jarat

reached 625 with 5.68% death rate. While the na­tional av­er­age is 3.02%, 6.21 (West Ben­gal) with 160 fa­tal­i­ties and 6.1 (Mad­hya Pradesh) with 239 fa­tal­i­ties are the states with high­est death rate.

An of­fi­cial in chief min­is­ter Vi­jay Ru­pani’s of­fice said the gov­ern­ment was test­ing ev­ery symp­to­matic per­son, has en­forced a hard lock­down, cre­ated ad­di­tional med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties in all ma­jor hos­pi­tals, and de­ployed ad­di­tional med­i­cal per­son­nel in con­tain­ment zones.

“We are con­duct­ing roundthe-clock mon­i­tor­ing of con­tain­ment ar­eas and have pre­pared a med­i­cal data­base of all per­sons above 60 years of age in the state. Ef­fec­tive mon­i­tor­ing is the best way to check Covid,” said Ash­wini Kumar, sec­re­tary to CM.

The first pa­tient in the state was re­ported from Ahmed­abad on March 19. He re­turned from Dubai a week be­fore his test re­sults came in. Ac­cord­ing to the Ahmed­abad mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion, be­tween March 1 and March 15, around 6,000 peo­ple re­turned from over­seas lo­ca­tions.

“Those with symp­toms were tested as per the In­dian Coun­cil for Med­i­cal Re­search (ICMR) pro­to­col, and the rest were asked to re­main in home quar­an­tine,” said an of­fi­cial of the civic body who did not want named.

Then on March 20, a video went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia, show­ing a West Asia re­turnee shop­ping for veg­eta­bles in an Ahmed­abad mar­ket. Sev­eral other videos sur­faced, pur­port­edly show­ing peo­ple who were sup­posed to be in home quar­an­tine mov­ing out of their houses.

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