Gujarat records highest single-day spike of 1,515 new Covid cases


Written by Sohini Ghosh
| Ahmedabad, Vadodara |

November 22, 2020 5:45:29 a.m.

A doctor at Anand Hospital said that Ahmedabad “will only transfer critical patients” to the hospital, located nearly 70 km away. (Representative)

Gujarat reported 1515 coronavirus On Saturday, its biggest daily increase since the infection outbreak in March, the city of Ahmedabad which was subjected to a weekend curfew, reporting 354 of the cases. The city has also reported a shortage of beds for Covid-19 patients and transferred at least 25 of them to a hospital in Anand district and Gandhinagar civil hospital.

Rajiv Gupta, the Special Duty Officer (OSD) of the Ahmedabad Municipal Society, told mediapersons on Saturday that beds were available for Covid-19 patients. “There is no problem. At the SVP hospital, 300 additional beds are being prepared for (coronavirus patients), ”he said.

In addition to the previous 20 ambulances, 63 ambulances have been added just for Covid-19 patients in the city of Ahmedabad, the officer said.

“Twenty-five AMC doctors have been deployed in 108 control rooms … (and service 104 (home isolation follow-up) will see 160 vans depart tonight. Sixty-five more are being prepared and will be operational from Sunday night, ”Gupta said.

Gupta also provided an update at Headquarters 108 on Saturday while a central team from the Ministry of Health, led by the director of the National Center for Communicable Diseases, Dr Sujeet Kumar Singh, as well as an additional director from NCDC and a pulmonologist from Ram Manohar Lohia hospital, visited the SVP managed by the AMC. Hospital.

According to a senior official at the SVP hospital, the team made “a visit to the wards, intensive care, examined the patient’s protocol, examined the medical history and checked the files … The recommendations and observations (of the team ) must be submitted to the State (health service) directly. “

Dr Himanshu Pandya, the dean of Pramukhswami Medical College which is affiliated with Shree Krishna Hospital of Karamsad in Anand, said: “AMC requested 87 beds (and the same was accepted). These include beds for high dependency units as well as intensive care beds. We have 146 ICU beds, of which 102 ICU beds have been retained to accommodate Anand’s patients. We have provisions to increase our capacity, to include more beds for critical patients and we will do so as and when needed. At present, I believe about 25 patients from Ahmedabad are admitted (to medical school) and most of them are stable.

A doctor at Anand Hospital said that Ahmedabad “will only transfer critical patients” to the hospital, located nearly 70 km away.

According to one GVK EMRI – an emergency ambulance service provider – transfers to Anand can “take up to about two hours, but we have a support system in place within the ambulance.” According to the official, a total of 428 ambulance trips only for Covid-19 patients had been made in a 24-hour cycle until midnight on Saturday. The official estimated that between 12:01 p.m. on November 21 and 12 p.m. on November 22, at least 350 to 400 ambulance trips for Covid-19 patients were likely to be completed.

Around 50 to 60 Covid-19 patients, senior Ahmedabad civilian hospital official said, have been admitted to Gujarat Cancer The research institute and 100 other patients were admitted to the Institute of Kidney Disease and the research center. “The UN Mehta Hospital has also started admitting Covid-19 patients from today. The Ahmedabad Civil Hospital has almost exhausted its critical beds, ”the official said.

At Gandhinagar Civil Hospital, another senior official said: “Saturday from 6 pm to 6.30 pm, 60 of the 300 beds were available. Of these, 35 isolation beds, 20 oxygen-equipped beds, and five (out of a total of 100) critical beds were available. “

Meanwhile, Anand Congressman Kanti Sodha Parmar and former Ahmedabad mayor and former AMC corporatist Vasna, Amit Shah, tested positive for the viral infection on Saturday. Shah, a BJP leader, is currently being treated at SVP hospital.


Vadodara’s municipal company sealed up to 20 stores, including a local dairy center, for alleged violation of social distancing standards on Saturday ahead of the nighttime curfew (9 p.m. to 6 a.m.) in the city. The state government has announced a nighttime curfew, starting Saturday, in Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot to contain the Covid-19 surge.

About eight teams from VMC’s service offices toured market areas that day to take stock of the implementation of Covid-19 precautions. The teams sealed 20 stores, selling mostly edibles, for violating social distancing rules. The VMC will decide on further action against the stores, an official said.

To raise awareness of the nighttime curfew, the Vadodara civic body has rigged up public announcement systems in various locations. The MVC has also changed the hours of the public gardens from Saturday – gardens that were open during the day will now only stay open from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and again from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The central health team, led by Dr SK Singh, also visited Vadodara to take stock pandemic situation. Vadodara district reported 169 new cases on Saturday.

With contributions from Aditi Raja

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