Covid-19 cases in the state declined by more than a third to below 6,700 on Monday, even as there is no respite from the surging death toll.
Gujarat reported 6,679 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, down from 9,375 a day earlier, and the lowest in more than two weeks. The cases are down by more than 70% from the all-time high of 24,485 cases reported on January 20, as per state health department statistics.
Ahmedabad city accounted for the maximum number of new cases with 2,350, followed by Vadodara city with 809, Rajkot city with 602, and Gandhinagar city with 288 cases. Surat city reported 277 cases, while Vadodara rural and Kutch had 236 and 211 cases respectively. In Ahmedabad rural, 49 persons tested positive in the last 24 hours.
The Covid-related death toll jumped to 10,473 with 35 more patients losing the battle against the Coronavirus. Six deaths were reported in Ahmedabad city, followed by five in Surat rural, and three in Vadodara city and Bhavnagar rural. Two deaths were reported in Rajkot city, Surat city, Bhavnagar city and Panchmahals, and one in Gandhinagar city, Vadodara rural, Rajkot, Mehsana, Jamnagar city, Valsad, Amreli, Porbandar, Botad, and Devbhoomi Dwarka.
The Covid-19 active cases fell sharply to below 84,000 with more than 14,000 persons recovering in the last 24 hours. So far, more than 10.66 lakh persons or 91.88% of the patients have recovered. The cumulative vaccination coverage in the state touched 9.79 crore as 2.46 lakh more vaccines were administered in the last 24 hours, the health department added.
Separately, the state government announced that offline teaching would continue to be suspended for classes 1-9 in the state till February 5. The decision was taken in the core committee meeting chaired by chief minister Bhupendra Patel.