Surat: Surat city reported 315 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday which is the highest for the city is the past four months. According to Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC), the highest number of cases were reported from Athwa zone with 87 cases, followed Rander (52) and 31 each in Varachha (A) and Katargam zones.
A 50-year-old woman from Dindoli in Limbayat zone succumbed to the coronavirus on Wednesday taking the death toll due to the virus to 854.
The number of Covid-19 cases are also increasing in Surat district. On Wednesday, 38 new cases were reported taking the total number of cases to 13,447 in the district. Most of the infection in the district has been reported from villages close to urban areas.
With the rapid rise in Covid-19 infections, the bed occupancy in government and private hospitals too has increased. Currently, 46 patients are admitted to New Civil Hospital and 34 in SMC run SMIMER hospital.
“We have witnessed a sharp rise in cases in the Limbayat zone. In just one week, Covid-19 cases have increased 12 times in this zone. In Athwa zone, cases are expected to rise in Vesu, Bhatar, and City Light areas. Positivity is higher among people from the textile industry and those with travel history,” said Banchhanidhi Pani, SMC commissioner in an audio message to the citizens.
“As on Wednesday, 43 ventilator beds are occupied in Covid-19 hospitals. At least 130 patients are on oxygen support. OPD cases at SMIMER hospital has increased many folds. Earlier, OPD cases used to 10 to 15 but now it has increased to over 150 every day,” he added.