Gujarat nears 1 crore precaution doses; records 871 new cases

Times of India | 1 week ago | 05-08-2022 | 06:42 am

Gujarat nears 1 crore precaution doses; records 871 new cases

AHMEDABAD: A total of 99.8 lakh precaution doses were administered in Gujarat till Thursday - 49 lakh each in 18-60 and 60+ age groups. Of these, 4.49 lakh doses were administered in 24 hours. The cases fell below 900 as 871 cases were recorded on Thursday; Bhavnagar recorded one Covid death. Ahmedabad city registered 281 cases, followed by 71 in Vadodara city, 44 in Mehsana, 42 in Surat, 38 in Rajkot city, and 36 in Gandhinagar among others. The active cases dropped to 6,246 with the discharge of 1,031 patients. The number of patients on ventilators however spiked to 23. Only one district - Narmada - did not have any active cases of the 33 districts in the state. In 24 hours, Gujarat vaccinated 4,576 persons for the first dose and 14,248 for the second. In all, 5.42 crore were administered the first and 5.37 crore, the second dose of Covid vaccine.

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