24 hours: 361 cases, 27 deaths, 503 discharged Total: 14,892 cases, 915 deaths, 7,139 discharged
Gandhinagar: Desperate to share good news and keep people’s morale up, the state government has now taken to controlling how its data reaches the public, rather than focusing on controlling the spread of COVID-19.
This means highlighting discharge (recovery) rates, underplaying the number of fresh cases and deaths, and hoping that you will not notice that an abysmal 2,952 samples (540 less than Monday and 1,849 less than Sunday) were tested in the past 24 hours.
It also means not revealing how many patients are on ventilators as of Tuesday.
On Monday, this figure, which has been rising over the past few days, had reached 109. The state attempts to hide the fact that 361 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours. Twenty-seven people died.
The state’s total tally has reached 14,892 cases, with 915 deaths. In Ahmedabad, the total number of cases has touched 10,841, and 745 patients have died during treatment.
Twenty-three of these deaths occurred in the past 24 hours.
These important numbers are now given to the media in fine print at the bottom of the page of a press release, a far cry from the twice-a-day briefings and four-page bulletins handed out by the health department until the end of April.