Guj increases focus on jabs as daily jump falls below 200
Gandhinagar: Gujarat’s COVID-19 tally rose to 8,22,334 after 185 cases were reported on Sunday, the first time the daily jump has fallen to less than 200 in 2021, while four deaths during the day took the toll to 10,032, an official said.
A total of 651 people were discharged from hospitals, taking the recovery count to 8,06,193, which is 98.04% of the tally, leaving the state with 6,109 active cases, of which 142 are in critical condition, he said.
“Surat recorded 40 new cases, Ahmedabad 38, Vadodara 21, Junagadh 15, and Rajkot 10, among others. Ahmedabad, Junagadh, Devbhumi Dwarka and Bhavnagar recorded one death each,” he said.
A release said 1,96,382 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 on Sunday, taking the total count of beneficiaries so far in Gujarat to 2,20,68,302.
The state government has also announced a special “Tika Utsav” (vaccination drive) beginning Monday, a statement from Chief Minister Vijay Rupani’s office said.
Under this drive, those in the age group of 18-44 years will not have to pre-register to get inoculated but can simply walk in for on-the-spot registration. The state has also increased the number of vaccination booths in Gujarat to 5,000.
“The vaccine is the only infallible weapon in the fight against COVID-19,” Rupani said, “Our goal is to ensure the safety of as many people as possible, even as experts are looking at the possibility of a third wave of infections.”
The Tika Utsav is slated to begin at 9 am on Monday in the presence of ministers, leaders, dignitaries at 1,025 vaccination centres in 33 districts and eight municipal areas. Rupani will participate in the Utsav at the Primary Health Centre at Sector-8 in Gandhinagar.