Ahmedabad BJP city chief tests Covid-19 positive

No respite as confirmed cases exceed 15,000 statewide, with over 11,000 just in Ahmedabad

Jagdish PanchalImage Courtesy:medicircle.in

The Coronavirus crisis has now hit home for the BJP with the party’s Ahmedabad president Jagdish Panchal testing positive for the virus. 46-year-old Panchal is the MLA from Nikol constituency and had been experiencing symptoms for a few days. According to the Indian Express Panchal and his family are now in quarantine at the Apollo Hospital.

Meanwhile situation remains grim across the state. As per the official Covid data website of the Gujarat government (https://gujcovid19.gujarat.gov.in/), there are 6,599 active cases of coronavirus infection in the state, out of which 5,233 are in Ahmedabad alone. The total number of confirmed cases (active + recovered + dead) stands at 15,562 for the entire state and 11,344 for Ahmedabad.

3,13,729 people remain in quarantine across Gujarat, of these 82,368 are in Ahmedabad and 51,974 in Amreli. Amreli had managed to managed to keep the infection at bay for a long time, but with migrants returning home from Surat and Ahmedabad, a larger number of people began to be placed in quarantine as a precaution. However, so far, only 6 active cases are recorded in Amreli.

Meanwhile, 13 active cases and has placed over 25,000 people in quarantine. 8 deaths have been reported from this region. Kutch with 48 active cases have over 18,000 people in quarantine. It has reported 2 deaths so far. Meanwhile, capital Gandhinagar has 92 active cases with 13 deaths so far. 4,137 people are in quarantine in the capital city.

But hey, at least matters in Gujarat, as per the state government’s own submission before the HC, are not as bad as Italy or France! In fact, the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital that was dubbed “as good as a dungeon” recently by the Gujarat High Court, has found a patron in the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).

On Friday, May 29, the official twitter handle of the CMO tweeted this glowing endorsement video of the hospital saying, “Doctors at the world-class dedicated COVID-19 facility at Ahmedabad Civil Hospital share their experience of treating Corona patients who also have high regard and appreciation for the entire team of doctors & health-care staff for their personalized, efficient & empathetic care.”

But then, if the Ahmedabad Municipal Hospital is “world-class”, one wonders why it wasn’t good enough for the Ahmedabad BJP city president and his family and why they chose to be quarantined at the privately run Apollo Hospital?


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