Breaking all records, Gujarat reported a whopping 17,119 Covid-19 cases and 10 deaths in 24 hours on Tuesday evening, even as, oblivious to the scary numbers, thousands thronged and danced at a local BJP leader’s wedding party in Tapi district.
This is also the highest single day rise of more than 4,000 cases over Monday; with that, the number of active cases in Gujarat has crossed 79,600, from a few hundred at the beginning of 2022. The State has seen 46 deaths in 18 days of January.
Ahmedabad city continued to log the highest 5,998 cases and reported three deaths; there are 105 designated micro-containment zones in the city; areas in the outskirts but falling within the district registered 80 fresh cases.
The next on radar is Surat with 3,986 cases -- 3,563 in the city and the rest in the district; there have been five deaths in the district and two in the city. One death each was reported from Bhavnagar and Valsad.
On Monday evening, as is the case in almost every day, all social distancing and mask rules went for a toss when thousands thronged and danced to loud DJ music at a wedding party organized by a local BJP leader of Dolvan block in Tapi district (Southern Gujarat).
The local police got cracking after a video of the party went viral on social media. A PSI and a constable were placed under suspension while FIRs were lodged against Kanubhai Rangjibhai Gamit, Jitubhai Kanubhai Gamit and Nileshbhai Kanubhai Gamit for gathering the huge crowds.
As per Gujarat government’s guidelines, only 150 people are allowed at any social, public or political event in the State, and this too subject to social distancing norms.