Gujarat records 1,281 COVID-19 cases, 1,274 recoveries; 8 die

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(Eds: Adds details) Ahmedabad, Nov 18 (PTI) Gujarat reported 1,281 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking its COVID-19 tally to 1,91,642, while 1,274 more patients recovered from the infection, the state health department said.

Eight more COVID-19 patients died, raising the state- wide fatalities to 3,823, it said.

At the same time, 1,274 patients were discharged from various hospitals, said the department in a release.

With this, the number of recovered cases in Gujarat rose to 1,75,362, with the recovery rate increasing slightly over last day to 91.50 per cent, it said.

The government said it is increasing the number of daily testing for the virus in order to detect new cases and contain its spread after noticing a spike in the last few days.

As many as 54,246 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours at a rate of 834.71 tests per day per million population, the release said.

This took the total number of samples tested so far to 69,78,249.

Surat again over took Ahmedabad to report the highest number of daily cases at 224. Ahmedabad followed closely with 220 cases, the release said.

Rajkot also reported a sharp rise in new cases with 161 infections recorded on Wednesday.

Vadodara stood fourth in the state with 142 cases.

Among other districts, Banaskantha reported 64 cases, Gandhinagar 59, Mehsana 45, Patan 42, Dahod 35, Jamnagar 33, Kheda 26, Mahisagar 25, Amreli 23, Junagadh 20, Panchmahal 18, Surendranagar, Anand and Morbi 15 each, Bhavnagar 14 and Narmada 13.

Ahmedabad reported five out of the eight new deaths while Surat registered two and Patan one, the release said.

There are now 12,457 active cases in the state with 83 patients on ventilators, it added.

In the Union territory of Daman, Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, the COVID-19 count rose to 3,277 with the addition of eight new cases - five in Daman andthree in DNH - officials said.

Diu district remains COVID-19 free with not a single active case at present, they said.

There are a total of 29 active cases in the UT, which has so far reported two deaths, the officials added.

Gujarat COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 1,91,642, new cases 1,281, deaths 3,823, discharged 1,75,362, active cases 12,457, people tested so far 69,78,249.