Gujarat recorded 7,476 cases – a rise of 22% from yesterday – and three deaths in the last 24 hours. With today’s update, the state’s active cases tally went up to 37,238 and the number of fatalities since the start of the pandemic reached 10,132. The three deaths recorded on Tuesday were in Valsad, Surat and Porbandar. Besides three deaths, as many as 34 patients are on ventilator support. No Omicron infections were logged in the last 24 hours.
The state has added over 30,000 cases in just five days. Ahmedabad alone contributed 40% to these cases.
Yet again, Ahmedabad Corporation remained the biggest contributor with 2,861 cases – a rise of 51% compared to the tally on Monday. Other major contributors include Surat (1,988), Vadodara (551), Rajkot (244), Valsad (189), and Gandhinagar (135). Ahmedabad rural recorded 42 cases.
While the state had no Omicron cases today, there were two discharges, thereby taking the active Omicron tally in Gujarat to 39. The total number of Omicron cases in Gujarat since the variant entered the state stands at 264, as against 225 discharges.
Cap On Number Of Wedding Guests
A decision to cap the number of guests that can attend a wedding to 150 was taken at a meeting chaired today by Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel. Earlier, the number of guests that could attend a wedding in an enclosed space was 400. The new guideline will come into effect from January 12 and stay put till January 22, the CM’s office informed.
Scenario Across India
India recorded 1,68,063 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 3,58,75,790. Of these, 4,461 are the cases of the Omicron variant, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday.
The active cases rose to 8,21,446, the highest in 208 days, while the number of deaths climbed to 4,84,213 with 277 fresh fatalities, according to the data. Of the total 4,461 cases of the Omicron variant in the country, 1,711 people have recovered or migrated so far.
The active cases comprise 2.29 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate decreased to 96.36 per cent, the ministry said. An increase of 97,827 cases has been recorded in the active coronavirus caseload in a span of 24 hours.
PC: Hanif Sindhi