Gujarat records 1,153 new COVID-19 cases; 23 more die

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(Eds: Adds details) Ahmedabad, Jul 31 (PTI) On the 11th straight day, over 1,000 persons were found positive for coronavirus in Gujarat, taking the statewide tally beyond the 61,000-mark on Friday, while 23 more patients succumbed to the infection, the Health Department said.

With 1,153 new cases, second highest so far, emerging in the last 24 hours, the COVID-19 tally went up to 61,438, said a release by the Health Department.

In the last 24 hours, 23 persons with the COVID-19 infection died across the state, taking the toll to 2,441, said the statement.

Of the 23 persons who succumbed to the infection during the last 24 hours, 11 died in Surat district alone, followed by 4 in Ahmedabad, 3 in Vadodara, 2 in Rajkot and one each in Junagadh, Kheda and Mehsana.

The release added that 833 persons also recovered and discharged from different hospitals in the state during the same period, taking the number of such cases to 44,907.

Out of the total 833 patients who recovered during the day, 189 were from Surat district alone, followed by 112 in Ahmedabad and 85 in Vadodara.

With daily average recoveries now remain between 700 to 800, Gujarat's recovery rate now stands at 73.09 per cent, the department said.

With over 26,000 persons tested in a day, nearly 1,000 more than the previous day's tally, Gujarat's per million testing average now stands at 410.83 tests, said the release.

The release said Gujarat has conducted 7,64,777 tests so far, out of which 14,090 cases are still active. Among these, 81 patients on ventilator, while 14,009 are stable.

It said with 1,153 new cases, Gujarat was on the 12th spot in the country in terms of daily fresh infections.

Out of the 1,153 new cases, 284 were reported from Surat district alone, - 219 from Surat city and 65 from villages.

Ahmedabad was on second spot with 176 new cases, including 140 from city area and 36 from rural areas.

Ahmedabad's tally of total cases has now reached 26,517 cases, the highest in the state.

Gujarat COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 61,438, new cases 1153, deaths 2441, discharged 44,907, active cases 14,090 and people tested so far 7,64,777. PTI PJT PD RSY RSY