(Eds: Updates with details) Ahmedabad, Aug 20 (PTI) With the highest single-day spike of 1,175 coronavirus cases, Gujarat's tally rose to 83,262 on Thursday, while 16 more patients succumbed to the infection, the state health department said.
With 1,175 new cases emerging in the last 24 hours, the highest so far, the total number of cases in the state rose to 83,262, said a release by the Health Department.
Sixteen persons with the COVID-19 infection died across the state during the same period, taking the toll to 2,855, said the statement.
Of these 16, seven died in Surat district alone, followed by 4 in Ahmedabad, 2 in Rajkot and one each in Gandhinagar, Mehsana and Vadodara district, it said.
This highest single-day increase in fresh cases corresponds with the new benchmark in single-day testing, the department said.
The government said it conducted over 68,000 tests in the last 24 hours, up by 18,000 from last week.
With 68,581 tests in one-day, the per million average has now gone up to 1,055.09 test, the release said.
The total tests conducted so far in Gujarat stood at 15,47,210.
The release said as many as 1,123 persons also recovered and were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, taking the number of such cases to 65,953.
The release said Gujarat has 14,454 active cases now.
Among these, 86 are on ventilators and 14,368 are stable.
With an almost equal number of recoveries and daily fresh cases, active cases are hovering around the 14,000-mark since last several weeks.
With 1,175 new cases, Gujarat was on the 16th spot in the country in terms of daily fresh cases, down two spots from last week's ranking.
As many as 301 patients, the highest in Gujarat, recovered in Surat district, followed by 167 in Ahmedabadand 82 in Amreli.
Out of the total 1,175 new cases, 237 were from Surat district alone. Ahmedabad was on second spot with 172 new cases.
Gujarat COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 83,262, new cases 1,175, deaths 2855, discharged 65,953, active cases 14,454, people tested so far 15,47,210. PTI PJT PD RSY RSY