Gujarat: 136 new Covid-19 cases reported in Vadodara city, district

Times of India | 2 weeks ago | 28-07-2022 | 09:02 pm

Gujarat: 136 new Covid-19 cases reported in Vadodara city, district

VADODARA: Another spike was witnessed in Covid-19 cases in the city and district with 136 persons testing positive on Thursday. The new cases were reported from 2,195 tests conducted during the 24 hours ending on Thursday evening. The spike on Thursday was fuelled by a rise in the number of cases in the areas of the district outside Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) limits where 58 new cases were reported. In VMC areas, 78 new cases were reported. The west zone of VMC reported 29 cases which was the highest amongst the four zones. The north zone had 20 new cases followed by the south zone where 15 tested positive and the east zone where 14 tested positive. The number of active cases crossed 600 after the discharge of 104 patients. The city and district now have 607 active cases including 31 persons admitted in hospitals. The indoor patients include 28 with mild symptoms on room air and three with serious symptoms on oxygen support.

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