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Covid starts raising its ugly head again in Gujarat

| Updated: September 22, 2021 00:07

The overall Covid-19 curve may have stabilised, but the fresh cases are going up in Gujarat. There are early signs of a possible third wave of Covid infection. After a 500-day low daily tally at eight, the state again recorded a jump in Covid-19. 

Gujarat recorded 14 coronavirus cases on Tuesday and Monday, thereby recording a 75% rise in daily cases. On Sunday (September 19), the state had recorded 8 cases. While Ahmedabad Corporation recorded no new cases on Tuesday, on Monday the AMC had five new cases. This was after reporting no new cases on Saturday and Sunday. 

City-wise distribution of cases

The new cases include five from Ahmedabad city, three each from Surat and Vadodara cities, and one each from Surat, Vadodara and Porbandar districts. Ahmedabad had recorded no new cases on Saturday and Sunday – a first since April 2020.

Out of the 14 Covid cases on Tuesday, Surat recorded four cases, Rajkot recorded 3 cases, Vadodara had 3 cases and Valsad detected two cases. Gandhinagar and Navsari recorded single cases each.

On Monday, Ahmedabad Corporation had recorded five cases, Surat and Vadodara had four cases each. Porbandar recorded a single Covid patient. 

With the discharge of two last patients from Navsari and one from Mahisagar districts, the number of districts with zero active cases rose to 18.

Vaccination in Gujarat

Almost 76% of eligible beneficiaries in Gujarat have been given one dose of Covid-19 vaccine while people receiving both doses stand at 27%, as per State Health Department figures. The State is aiming to complete the vaccination of entire group of beneficiaries by end of December this year. The Health Department is targeting to cover 100% one dose vaccination by mid-October and both doses by end of this year.

Precautions:

To protect others at home someone who is sick should:

  • Wear mask, sanitise hands frequently and avoid social gatherings. 
  • If you are still not vaccinated, book your slots for vaccination. 
  • As much as possible, keep away from other people and pets in your home.
  • Make sure shared spaces in the home have good airflow. You can open a window or turn on an air filter or air conditioner.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, throw the tissue away and then wash their hands right away. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • If possible, stay in a bedroom and use a bathroom separate from other people in the home.

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