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COVID-19: 56 more cases in Gujarat; total 695, 30 death

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By NS Desk 15-Apr-2020

Gandhinagar, April 15 (IANS) With increased and intensified surveillance and testing for coronavirus infections at the hotspots in Gujarat, health authorities said 56 new positive cases were detected in the last 12 hours in the state, including Ahmedabad's 42 cases. Gujarat till now has reported 695 positive cases and 30 deaths.

The two deaths reported on Wednesday included a female (14) with mental sickness, admitted in the SSG Hospital in Vadodara and another female (45) with comorbidity like hypertension admitted in Metas Hospital in Surat.

In the last 12 hours, Ahmedabad saw 42 new positive cases (24 males, 18 females), followed by Surat with 6 cases (5 M, 1 F), 3 cases each in Vadodara and Panchmahals (all males), one case each in new areas like Kheda and Botad (all males).

Ahmedabad now has maximum 404 positive cases, followed by Vadodara 116, Surat 48, Bhavnagar 26, Rajkot 18, Gandhinagar 16, Patan 14, Bharuch 11, Anand 10, and Panchmahals and Chotta Udepur with 5 each, Kutch and Mehsana with 4 each, Gir-Somnath, Dahod and Banaskantha two each and Jamnagar, Morbi, Sabarkantha, Botad and Kheda one each.

"Out of the total 606 active cases, the condition of 598 is stable, whereas eight who are critical are on ventilators," said Jayanti Ravi, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department.

"In the last 24 hours, we have drawn 2,354 samples, of which 78 were positive and 2,268 negative," added Ravi.

"The total number of quarantined persons in the state is 15,147, including 13,059 home-quarantined, 1,960 in government facilities and 128 in private facilities," added Ravi.

With more positive cases emerging from Ahmedabad's hotspot or cluster areas in the fortified area of Ahmedabad, the health authorities intensified the surveillance and testing in these areas.

The Gujarat government on Tuesday imposed a week-long curfew in the walled city and in the Danilimda area.

--IANS

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