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‘`50L from each MLA’s fund to go towards nCoV fight
Gandhinagar: The Gujarat government led by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Thursday announced that each of the state’s MLAs will now have to use at least Rs50 lakh from their respective Local Area Development Fund to purchase medical equipment for their constituencies.
The MLAs can then donate these equipment to government-run primary or community health centres, or to referral or district hospitals. They can also donate the equipment to hospitals run by charitable trusts on a no-profit no-loss basis.
Further, the state has also relaxed norms for patients seeking treatment for COVID-19. Unlike previously, they will no longer need to wait for an RT-PCR test, or show proof of residence to be admitted to a hospital.
Meanwhile, the state reported a further fall in the daily jump, to 12,545 new cases. It also witnessed a drop in the number of deaths, witnessing 123 fatalities attributed to COVID-19 on Thursday.
The day’s deaths were reported in Ahmedabad (17), Rajkot (15), Surat (13), Jamnagar (13), Vadodara (13), Bhavnagar (9), Junagadh (8), Kutch (5), Mehsana (5), Banaskantha (3), Aravalli (2), Gandhinagar (2), Gir Somnath (2), Patan (2), Sabarkantha (2), Devbhumi Dwarka, Mahisagar (1), Morbi (1), Navsari (1), Surendranagr (1), and Porbandar (1).
There are now 1,47,525 active cases in Gujarat, with 786 patients on ventilator support.