To put it in perspective, at 2.38 lakh total cases and 3,411 deaths, Ahmedabad was the most affected area of Gujarat with the highest Covid cases and deaths during the pandemic. In the beginning of the pandemic, it was one of the worst-affected districts in India that had prompted a central team of experts to visit the city and hold meetings with state administration.
For the past two months, the city has seldom recorded daily cases in double digits. There have been fewer deaths, too. Dr Bharat Gadhvi, president of Ahmedabad Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (AHNA), said that for the past 10 days, city hospitals have not seen a single Covid case, whereas cases are few and far over the past 40 days.
Dr Rakesh Joshi, medical superintendent of Civil Hospital, said that for the past one month, no direct Covid cases are being admitted to the hospital. “The 3-4 patients we have are suspects with similar symptoms, and generally get treated for the symptoms. In the past two months, we have had three zero days with no new patients. I congratulate Amdavadis for the feat and urge them to remain extra vigilant to eradicate Covid,” he said. Experts said major get-togethers during festivities must be avoided and protocols followed. “Vaccination has also done its part in reducing the cases and severity,” said Dr Gadhvi.