Ahmedabad, Oct 17 (PTI) The number of coronavirus cases in Gujarat rose to 1,58,635 with 1,161 new cases being reported on Saturday, the state health department said.

With the death of nine COVID-19 patients, the death toll rose to 3,629, it said.

At the same time, recoveries exceeded new cases. With 1,270 patients being discharged during the day, the total number of recovered cases rose to 1,40,419, the department said in its release.

This improved the state”s recovery rate to 88.52 percent.

52,746 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 53,22,288.

Surat reported the highest number of 239 new cases in the state, followed by Ahmedabad with 183 cases, Vadodara with 117 and Rajkot with 108 cases.

Among other districts, Jamnagar reported 74 new cases, Junagadh and Mehsana 41 each, Patan 33, Bharuch 27, Sabarkantha 24, Morbi 21, Amreli and Surendranagar 20 each, Gir Somnath 18, Banaskantha and Kheda 17 each, Narmada and Panchmahal 16 each, Kutch 15, Dahod and Mahisagar 12 each.

Out of nine deaths reported on Saturday, Rajkot reported three, Ahmedabad and Surat two each and Gir Somnath and Vadodara one each.

The state now has 14,587 active cases, out of which79 patients are on ventilator, the department said in its release.

The adjoining Union Territory of Daman, Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli has reported a total 3,156 cases so far, out of which 3,095 have been discharged.

Two persons have died till now due to coronavirus in the UT while there are 59 active cases.

Three new cases were reported in Dadra and Nagar Haveli (DNH), and no new case was reportedin either Daman or Diu on Saturday, officials said. As many as ten patients recovered, seven in DNH, and three in Daman, they said.

Gujarat”s coronavirus figures are as follows: Positive cases 1,58,635, new cases 1,161, total deaths 3,629, discharged 1,40,419, active cases 14,587, and people tested so far 53,22,288.

Important link
The Epidemic Disease Research Bill, 2020 was passed in the Rajya Sabha on Saturday, the sixth day of the monsoon session in Parliament. Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Dr Harshvardhan said the bill was needed to curb crimes against health professionals. The bill provides for the protection of doctors, nurses, hopefuls during an epidemic in the country, while punishing the attacker.
The central government has amended the 123-year-old law, under which anyone who attacks doctors and other health workers can be sentenced to a maximum of seven years. A fine of Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakh has been imposed on the attacker. It can also carry a sentence of 3 months to 5 years. While in case of serious injury a maximum sentence of 7 years can be given. This would be a non-bailable offense.
Meanwhile, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, in reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, said that 97 migrant workers were killed during a journey in a special train run during the lockdown. He further said that the figures were obtained from the state government.
A total of 53.12 lakh cases of corona have been reported in the country so far, out of which 42 lakh 5 thousand 201 people have recovered. 10 lakh 15 thousand 981 patients are undergoing treatment, while a total of 85 thousand 625 people have died. These figures are as per website.
Corona’s updates 
Congress MP K Suresh Corona has demanded compensation for the families of those who lost their lives, for which he has issued a notice in the Lok Sabha.

The state government is constantly trying to stop the increase in the transmission of corona.  The incidence of coronavirus infection has decreased as a result of intensive efforts by the state health department.  Today, a total of 21.7 tests have been conducted in the state. Considering the population of the state, there are 2.50 tests per million per day.  So far, a total of 4,10,18 TETs have been conducted in the state.  Today, a total of 1.5 cases have been registered in various districts of the state.  Today, 1,412 patients have recovered and returned home.  So far, a total of 1,8,31 patients have been cured and the recovery rate is 4.5% in the state.  State Control Room Phone No: 08-20317 (Health), 08-2100 (SEC)

A total of 92,969 corona infections were found in the country on Friday. However, the relief is that 95 thousand 512 have also recovered. It has been 232 days since the epidemic hit the country. This has only happened six times since then, when more people have recovered than have been infected in a single day. The first case was reported on February 14, when three infected people recovered in Kerala, but no new cases were reported that day.
The Delhi High Court has directed the private and government schools here to provide gadgets and internet connection to their poor children studying there online. The fee does not include its charge.
The Delhi government has decided to close all schools in the state till October 5. Until then, online classes, teaching-learning activities will continue.
Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla has written a letter to the Chief Secretary of State asking him to set up a monitoring team for Kovid’s case, to ensure the movement of medical oxygen and its availability.

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