Gujarat reported 177 Covid-19 cases, raising the tally to 8,29,359, a state health department official said. No new case of the Omicron variant was reported during the day, leaving the count in this segment at 49, he added.

However, three people detected with Omicron were discharged from hospital, raising the number of people who have recovered from the variant to 13, the official pointed out.

So far, 8,18,298 people have been discharged post recovery, including 66 on Sunday, leaving Gujarat with 948 active cases, of which 10 patients are critical, he said.

The death toll remained unchanged at 10,113 of the new cases, Ahmedabad led with 53, followed by 36 in Rajkot, 25 in Surat, 16 in Vadodara, among other districts. The number of Covid- 19 vaccine doses administered in the state so far stood at 8.81 crore after 41,039 people were given jabs on Sunday, a government release informed.

The active tally in adjoining Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu remained unchanged at one as no new case or recovery was reported on Sunday.

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AMC declared Arham Bungalows’ three houses number 9A, 9 and 11 in Thaltej area as micro-containment area. At present there are three micro-containment areas in city. AMC’s health department will carry out ‘House to House surveillance and screening operation’ on Monday. They will be collecting samples of people with Covid-19 symptoms to conduct tests.

Amid rising cases of Covid-19 and spread of Omicron variant, Surat police have registered an FIR against the organiser of a party on Christmas and two other persons here in Gujarat for allegedly violating Covid guidelines.

The FIR was registered under Section 188 of IPC against event manager Hitul Joshi, a resident of Sumul Dairy Road and two others Kashish Somani of Parle Point and a tuition class owner Deepak Agrawal of Bhatar.

The action was initiated after police came across a video doing rounds on social media and purportedly showed several men, women and children swaying to music at a DJ party organized at DMD Party Plot on Udhna Magdalla Road of the city on Saturday night, said police.

The organizers had sought permission from authorities to hold an exhibition, which was granted. But, they were found violating Covid guidelines pertaining to social distancing and other norms. Many were seen in the video without even a mask. After the video came to the notice of the Umra police, an FIR was registered against three per sons, including the event organizer, an official from Umra police station said. The case was registered under Section 188 of the IPC and provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act, the official said.

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