Gujarat heaved a big sigh of relief on Wednesday when not a single Covid case was registered anywhere in the state, which came amid fears that the disease was returning in several parts of the world. The state recorded no cases of Covid for the first time in 1,029 days since the outbreak in March 2020.
The state had 22 active cases as of Wednesday, 12 of which were in Ahmedabad. Officials from the state health department reported that the number of active cases was likewise at its lowest level since March 2022.
According to officials, 20,769 Covid tests were performed on Wednesday. The president of Ahmedabad Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (AHNA), Dr Bharat Gadhvi, reported that throughout the last 7 months, there has only been a trickle of patients.
“The Covid status of a majority of these patients was also checked ahead of hospitalizations or medical procedures,” he said, adding that the need of the hour is to keep an eye on travellers from other countries.
Gujarat was one of the states with a low number of active cases on Tuesday, according to data from the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW). In India, there were 2,342 active cases, 1,342 of which were in Kerala. Karnataka (210) and Maharashtra (146) were two additional states with triple-digit cases.
Genetic research has revealed that XBB.1 was the most widespread variant despite concerns about the new sub-variant. In order to ensure that the state and the nation as a whole avoid another Covid wave, public health experts stated it is important to monitor genetic changes and thoroughly check every passenger.
A city-based critical care specialist said, “With good herd immunity and vaccination coverage, the country is on a better footing.”