Western parts of the city are worst- affected in the ongoing third wave of the Covid pandemic with Bodakdev and Jodhpur topping the list. During the first wave, at the beginning of 2020, the Walled City areas bore the brunt of infections while the eastern parts were majorly impacted during the second wave last year.
On Wednesday, 700 new Covid cases were recorded in Bodakdev which has been witnessing more than 500 cases per day for the last 2-3 days. The Jodhpur ward is facing more or less the same situation.
Navrangpura, Gota, Chandkheda and Paldi are reporting 300 to 400 cases on a daily basis. In the eastern city, Maninagar has reported 400 cases.Waking up to the situation, AMC has started door-to-door surveys in these areas.
As of Tuesday, Ahmedabad had 26,861 active cases of which the highest 2,698 cases are in Jodhpur.Bodakdev is a close second with 2,496 active cases.
Notably, Dariapur in the Walled City has recorded the least number of 58 cases. Ahmedabad had reported the first Covid case on March 20, 2020. kalupur, Dariapur and Jamalpur were worst-affected back then and the entire Walled City was declared a buffer zone.During the second wave between April-May 2021, eastern city areas like Dani Limda, Isanpur, Vatva, Ghodasar, Viratnagar and adjoining areas witnessed maximum number of infections.
Commenting on the surge in cases in western parts in the latest wave, a senior AMC official said, Covid cases are on rise in the city post December 31. There are two reasons for the rise in western parts: One is that people here went out on vacation to places like Rajasthan, Goa and North India and came back infected. Secondly, people here are more aware and go for testing in larger numbers. RT-PCR positivity rate at 35-40% : Daily nearly 20,000 antigen and RT-PCR tests are being conducted in the city. The positivity rate of RT PCR tests, which was 30% till Tuesday, has surged to between 35% and 40%, especially in Bodakdev, Jodhpur, Navrangpura, Paldi and Chandkheda. The Rapid Antigen test positivity rate, which was 12% till Tuesday, has increased to 15-17%. AMC officials anticipate the surge in cases to peak in a week. Closure of gardens, lakefronts likely: The AMC is mulling over a proposal to either close down all gardens and lakefronts or restrict their timings. Such public places are visited by a large number of people. It has been observed that they don’t wear masks during morning walks.