Ahmedabad Accounts For Over 70% COVID Cases In Gujarat & Is One Of Worst-Hit Indian Cities

On Friday, the number of COVID-19 patients in Ahmedabad district of Gujarat surged to 5,260 on Friday with the detection of 269 cases in the last 24 hours.

With the death of as many as 22 patients, the number of persons who died due to the infection rose to 343.

"As many as 22 persons, who were receiving treatment at different hospitals in the city, succumbed to the infection in the last 24 hours," Principal Secretary, Health, Jayanti Ravi said in a briefing.

Of the total 7,403 cases in Gujarat so far, Ahmedabad district alone forms the biggest chunk with 5,260 cases.

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In a bid to control the rate of infection in the state capital, authorities toughened the stay-at-home orders for the residents. While the lockdown orders are being eased in many parts of the country, Ahmedabad and other cities in Gujarat have become one of the country's worst pandemic hotspots.

Authorities in the city ordered all shops, except those selling milk and medicines, to close on midnight Wednesday until May 15, implementing a stricter lockdown than the national one in place since March 25, in an effort to curb a rise in infections.

Seven hundred paramilitary troops patrolled Ahmedabad and the other main cities of Surat and Vadodara in a bid to keep people off the streets. Virtually all stores have been ordered to stay closed for at least a week.

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However, on Friday, hundreds of people breached the lockdown. Police said "a mob" hurled stones at them and they responded with tear gas and baton charges. At least 15 people were detained.

Forces clashed with an angry public who flouted the pandemic lockdown in the city. The paramilitary forces had to use tear gas to quell the crowd after residents pelted stones at the forces.

Ahmedabad has reported more than 5,000 cases of coronavirus. The city has also accounted for more than three-quarters of the deaths in Gujarat.



source https://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/ahmedabad-accounts-for-over-70-per-cent-covid-cases-in-gujarat-is-one-of-worst-hit-indian-cities-512818.html

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