COVID-19 surge: Central team visits Surat, meets top officials

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Surat, Apr 8 (PTI) In the wake of a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases, a 12-member central team visited Surat in Gujarat on Thursday and collected information about the vaccination process and the number of patients being treated in the district, a senior official said.

The team comprised experts from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, Pune-based National Institute of Virology and the Union health ministry.

Surat Collector Dhaval Patel told reporters that the situation is 'serious' this time as compared to last year, and the best way is to stay indoors and maintain social distance.

He said the central team, during a meeting with top officials of Surat, took information about the RT-PCR and antigen tests being conducted here, positivity rate, the number of people being vaccinated, and patient management.

'We informed them about the steps being taken to enforce the standard operating procedures (SOPs) in order to stop the spread of the virus,' Patel said.

He said the number of serious COVID-19 patients getting admitted in hospitals here every day is considerably higher than last year.

'Around 250 coronavirus patients are getting admitted in hospitals every day,' the collector said.

In such a situation, the present health infrastructure may not be enough if people do not follow the norms and do not stay indoors, he said.

On Wednesday, 621 new cases of the viral infection were reported in Surat city, as per official figures. PTI COR PJT GK GK