With 3 new COVID-19 cases, total cases in Gujarat reach 5

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Gandhinagar: Gujarat health authorities found three new coronavirus positive cases on Friday after two people tested positive on Thursday.

The total number of COVID-19 cases was reported to be five which are in Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat, and Vadodara.

Talking to the media, Jayanti Ravi, the principal secretary Health and Family Welfare Department said, “Three more cases have been found positive of COVID-19. One is a resident of Vadodara (49) who traveled from Spain to Mumbai and then he reached Vadodara by road. The patient’s blood samples were found positive by the BJ Medical College laboratory in Ahmedabad. The administration has immediately quarantined two persons who had close contact with this person.”

A Lady (34) resident of Ahmedabad returned to the city from Finland and was admitted to the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel hospital (SVP) on the 18th. The health authorities have immediately quarantined three persons who were in close contact with her.

An American lady (21) who arrived from New York to Mumbai and she traveled to Ahmedabad was also admitted to the SVP on the 17th. The administration has immediately quarantined 18 persons wherein direct touch with.

Earlier on Thursday one 32-year-old male, who returned from a trip to Saudi Arabia and entered the state from Mumbai, was under observation and admitted to the PDU Medical College, Rajkot on March 17.

His blood samples were found positive by the MP Shah Medical College laboratory in Jamnagar and later on confirmed by the national institute of Virology (NIV), Pune. The administration has immediately quarantined 15 persons who had close contact with this male.

A 21-year-old lady was also tested positive of coronavirus. She was studying and living in London and was admitted in Surat civil hospital on March 16, after she complained of cough, cold and fever. Her samples are found positive by the BJ Medical College and later on confirmed by the and NIV, Pune. The administration has immediately quarantined nine persons where in close in contact with the lady.

From January 27 until March 20, a total of 35,579 passengers from 389 flights were screened at the international terminal of Ahmedabad Airport and at Surat Airport in the state. As many as 3,222 passengers from 100 ships at the 17 ports across the state have been screened.

A total of 4,935 were home quarantined or kept under observation as they had arrived from the corona-affected countries, out of which 2154 underwent the 14 day isolation observation period

Until now, 127 quarantine facilities have been identified with a nearly 5,700-bed capacity. The health authorities tested a total of 39 samples on Thursday. To date 150 samples of been tested for COVID-19 in the state.

March 20 (IANS)

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