Gujarat reports highest daily rise of 12,553 COVID-19 cases

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Ahmedabad, Apr 21 (PTI) Gujarat added 12,553 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, the highest daily count so far, while 125 patients died due to the infection, the most in a day, officials said.

The number of cases in Gujarat rose to 4,40,731 with the addition of 12,553 new infections, said a release by the Health Department.

The previous highest one-day case count - 12,206 - was reported on April 20.

As many as 125 patients succumbed to the infection in the last 24 hours, the highest so far in the period, taking the toll to 5,740, the release said.

The previous highest one-day death count (121) was registered on April 20.

Surat district recorded 29 deaths, followed by 23 in Ahmedabad, 12 each in Vadodara and Rajkot, 8 in Jamnagar and 6 in Bhavnagar, the department said.

Deaths were also reported in various other districts of the state.

Ahmedabad city registered 4,821 new COVID-19 cases during the last 24 hours, followed by 1,849 in Surat city, 495 in Mehsana district, 491 in Surat district, 475 in Vadodara city, 397 in Rajkot city and 307 in Jamnagar city.

As many as 4,802 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the tally of recovered cases to 3,50,865, the release said.

Gujarat's COVID-19 recovery rate dropped below 80 per cent to stand at 79.61 per cent, it said.

The number of active cases rose to 84,126, of which 361 patients are on ventilators, while 83,765 are stable, the department said.

As many as 90.93 lakh people have been given the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Gujarat till date, while 16.22 lakh have received the second dose, said the release.

During the day, 54,548 persons received the first dose, while 64,510 eligible persons got the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine, it said.

In the adjoining Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, 251 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, said a release by the local authorities.

Also, 101 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, it said.

Out of total 5,643 persons found positive for coronavirus in the UT since the outbreak, four have died, 4,122 have recovered, while 1,517 patients are under treatment, the release said.

Gujarat COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 4,40,731, new cases 12,553, deaths 5,740, discharged 3,50,865, active cases 84,126, people tested so far (figures not released). PTI PJT RSY RSY