Ahmedabad, Mar 25 (PTI) The number of COVID-19 cases
in Gujarat went up to 39 as four more people, one of them with
travel history abroad, tested positive for the new coronavirus
on Wednesday, a health department official said here.
On Wednesday, one new case was reported each from
Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot and Vadodara, principal secretary
(health) Jayanti Ravi told reporters here.
Of these fresh infections, one patient has history of
travelling to Dubai in recent times, while the others are
cases of local transmission of the viral disease, she said.
With this, the total number of cases in Ahmedabad
stands at 14, Surat and Vadodara at seven each, Gandhinagar at
six, Rajkot four and Kutch one, she said.
Ravi said the health department has conducted
surveillance and tracking of over 1.60 crore people in the
wake of coronavirus outbreak, and the entire state population
will be covered in the coming weeks under a special programme.
"Under the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme,
the state government has so far covered 1 crore 60 lakh and 62
thousand persons in both urban and rural areas.
"This has been done as part of surveillance of areas
from where positive (COVID-19) cases as well as cases of
Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) have been reported,"
The senior bureaucrat said the government has also
registered FIRs against as many as 147 persons for violating
As many as 430 persons violating home quarantine
protocol were shifted to government-run facilities, she said.
Ravi said 15,468 persons with foreign travel history
have been tracked on the basis of data provided by the central
government and more are being tracked and quarantined.
As many as 20,688 people are under quarantine in the
state, which included 20,220 in homes, 430 in government and
38 private-run facilities, she said. PTI KA PD GK