Gujarat, on Thursday, reported 119 Covid-19 case, the highest since the third week of September last year. Of these, 62 cases were reported from Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.
Surat and Rajkot, both recorded 13 cases — 10 each within its municipal corporation jurisdiction and three each in the district jurisdiction. Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation and district reported one each while Vadodara officially confirmed four cases.
Among the smaller districts to report cases are Mehsana (9), Amreli (4), Sabarkantha (2), Bharuch (2), Anand (2) Navsari (1), Porbandar (1). Around 10,300 RT-CPR tests were conducted across the state on Thursday, pegging the test positivity rate for the day a little above one percent.
With Surat reporting 13 new Covid-19 cases, the civic body set up a Central Emergency Control room to deal with the latest surge. On Thursday, Surat municipal commissioner Shalini Agrawal held a meeting with health department officials of the SMC including Deputy Health Commissioner Dr Ashish Naik to discuss the way forward.
Dr Ashish Naik informed that control rooms will soon be set up in all eight municipal zones in Surat. “Our teams will coordinate with the private and government laboratories,” he stated, adding that Surat is carrying out over 500 covid tests daily
Meanwhile, the Centre, on Thursday asked six states — Maharashtra, Gujarat, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka — to follow a risk assessment-based approach to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19 infections, citing a possible localised spread of the virus.
“There are a few states which are reporting higher numbers of cases indicating possible localised spread of infection. We urge on the Test-Track-Treat approach,” Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan has said in a letter to these states.