Gujarat in the last 24 hours recorded 38 Covid-19 cases, a drop of 10 cases logged yesterday. The state saw no deaths, with 37 discharges. Yesterday, the state saw one death of an active patient from Surat. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation today registered nine cases and no deaths. Yesterday, the corporation had recorded 17 cases.
The state so far has 350 active cases of which five patients are on ventilator support. Since the start of the pandemic, the state had registered 8.27 lakh cases and 10,095 deaths. These figures are as per the official data. The experts claim might be real numbers might be thrice of what is on the official papers.
New Wards Come Up
The Ahmedabad Civil Hospital on Monday started an Omicron isolation ward with 12 beds. This is the functional ward for the new variant in the state. The Surat Municipal Corporation is also set to come up with a dedicated Omicron isolation ward — on the lines of Ahmedabad Civil Hospital.
Covid-Appropriate Behaviour Missing
Despite the concerns of the new variant, citizens of Gujarat continue to defy the mask rule. The police took in Rs 294 crore in fines from 41.6 lakh offenders failing to wear a mask between June 24, 2020, and December 2, 2021. Mask offenders spent Rs 56 lakh per day in the Covid-19 years, on an average – half the amount necessary to build a modern-day Covid-19 hospital.
In the span of just a year between June 24, 2020, and June 23, 2021, Gujarat police obtained Rs 247 crore from 36.80 lakh offenders. The state police collected about Rs 47 crore in mask fines in the five months from June to November.
Damage Control in Jamnagar
The Jamnagar Municipal Health Corporation is in a damage control mode after it was found that the resident who tested positive for the Omicron variant, along with his wife and brother-in-law, offered tuition classes to children at his residence for two days.
The man had landed in Jamnagar from Zimbabwe on November 28. On a complaint from a local corporator that children were attending tuitions at the house on Morkanda Road, outside Kalawad Naka, the corporation has identified nine children who attended these tuitions. ‘Necessary health action’ has been initiated, according to sources.