Gujarat logs record 11,403 COVID-19 cases, 117 deaths; state ramps up Oxygen production

 Gujarat logs record 11,403 COVID-19 cases, 117 deaths; state ramps up Oxygen production

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This is for the first time that the number of fresh coronavirus has crossed the 11,000-mark in a day in the state

AHMEDABAD

Gujarat recorded 11,403 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, the highest one-day count so far, while 117 patients died due to the infection, the most in a day, the state Health Department said. This is for the first time that the number of fresh coronavirus has crossed the 11,000-mark in a day in Gujarat.

The previous highest spike in a day was 10,340, recorded on April 18. The number of cases in Gujarat has gone up to 4,15,972 with the addition of 11,403 new cases during the day, said a release by the Health Department.

Also, 117 COVID-19 patients succumbed to the infection in the last 24 hours, the highest so far, taking the death toll to 5,494, it said. The previous highest single-day fatalities (110) were recorded on April 18. Surat district recorded 30 deaths, followed by 23 in Ahmedabad, 11 in Vadodara, 10 in Rajkot, 7 in Jamnagar, 6 in Surendranagar, 3 each in Bharuch, Morbi, Gandhinagar, Bhavnagar, two each in Banaskantha, Chhotaudepur, Dang, Devbhumi Dwarka and Mehsana, and one each in Amreli, Anand, Arvalli, Botad, Junagadh, Panchmahal, Patan and Sabarkantha, the release said.

Ahmedabad city registered 4,207 new COVID-19 cases during the last 24 hours, followed by 1,879 in Surat city, 663 in Rajkot city, 484 in Surat district, 426 in Vadodara city, 418 in Mehsana, 279 in Jamnagar city, 195 Banaskantha, 189 in Vadodara district, 169 Bharuch and 145 in Patan, it said. As many as 4,179 patients were discharged during the day, taking the tally of recovered cases to 3,41,724 cases, the release said.

With a decline in recoveries as against new cases, Gujarat’s COVID-19 recovery rate has gone down to 83.43 per cent, it said. The number of active cases rose to 68,754, of which 341 patients are on ventilators, while 68,413 are stable, the release said.

As many as 89.59 lakh people in the state have been given the first dose of COVID-19 vaccines, while 14.79 lakh have received the second dose, said the release. During the day, 72,341 persons received the first dose, while 69,895 eligible beneficiaries got the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine, it said.

A total of 135 new cases were reported in the adjoining Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu in the last 24 hours, said a release by the authorities. The release said 78 patients recovered from the infection during the day.

Out of total 5,085 persons found positive for coronavirus in the UT since the outbreak, four have died, 3,934 have recovered, while 1,147 patients are under treatment, said the release. Gujarat’s COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 4,15,972, new cases 11,403, deaths 5,494, discharged 3,41,724, active cases 68,754, people tested so far (figures not released).

The Ahmedabad civic body has procured 1,000 oxygen cylinders from Kutch district in Gujarat to add more oxygen beds in the city in view of the spike in COVID-19 cases, officials said.

To cope up with the shortage of medical oxygen in hospitals here, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has sought the support of the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) to divert industrial oxygen for medical use, they said.

Apart from providing these oxygen cylinders to AMC-run hospitals, the civic body has also planned to provide them to private hospitals designated to treat coronavirus patients, the AMC said in a release.

“We have procured 1,000 oxygen cylinders from Kutch overnight. We will use these cylinders to convert the existing isolation beds in the civic-run hospitals into beds with oxygen supply,” said senior IAS officer Rajiv Kumar Gupta, who is overseeing the AMC’s coronavirus-related operations.

Gupta further said they would convert 500 existing beds into oxygen beds in the next two days. With the support of the GPCB, the AMC has managed to divert around 1,500 oxygen cylinders, meant for industrial use, for medical purposes in the city, the civic body’s release said.

Due to this, vendors will now have more oxygen cylinders to supply to private hospitals, it said. The AMC, with the GPCB’s help, has also activated a control room for better coordination between private hospitals, oxygen cylinder suppliers and re-fillers, it said.

The civic body is also providing vehicles on rent to those hospitals which need to transport 50 or more oxygen cylinders every day for refilling, the release added. The state also slashed the charges of RT-PCR tests being conducted by private laboratories to Rs 900 from Rs 1,100, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said on Monday.

If a laboratory assistant is called at home or at the hospital to collect samples through RT-PCR test, the charges will be Rs 900 with effect from Tuesday, he told reporters in Gandhinagar.

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