A medic inoculates a man at a drive-in vaccine campaign in Ahmedabad
AHMEDABAD: The corona pandemic is playing rather differently in the city of Ahmedabad. Ironic it may seem but while west Ahmedabad has recorded 65% of the Covid-positive cases during the pandemic but it was east Ahmedabad where majority 68% deaths were recorded. The western part, which had 31% of the city’s 22,282 cases as on June 13 of 2020, is now a Covid hotspot. On May 7, the west accounted for 65% of the 1,88,745 cases in the city. But a grimmer contrast: of the nearly 3,000 deaths due to Covid-19 so far, 32% were recorded in the west while 68% were recorded in east Ahmedabad.
Data from the AMC reveals that in 10 months between July 13, 2020, and May 7 this year, the city added 1,65,463 fresh Covid cases; 1,14,226 cases were from the western part of the city. The remaining 51,237 were from central, north, south, and east zones.
A senior health officer from the AMC said, “Since Diwali, we have noticed that the western part of the city has been in Covid-19 grip.” He said, “Be it for its micro-containment areas or for registering the highest share of the cases in the city, the west has grabbed the headlines.”
The officer said that the area, which was once cut off from the east, is now the highest contributor to the Covid infections in the city. The west zone wards of Navrangpura, Paldi, Vasna, Naranpura, Ranip, and Vadaj account for 28.6% of the total1.88 lakh cases. The wards of Thaltej, Gota, Bodakdev, and Chandkheda in the north west zone account for 25% of the total cases. This means every second person infected in the city is either from the west zone or the north west zone. The south west zone, spanning Vejalpur, Jodhpur, and Bopal, have14.8% of the total cases.
The officer said that if one compared the data of May 7 with that of July 13, 2020, these three zones were at the bottom of the case pile last year.
Municipal officers attributed the surge in cases in West Ahmedabad to night culture where young hung out till late night. The AMC had to impose a curfew on 30-odd stretches in this part of the city. Also, mask compliance was the weakest in these areas.
About the deaths, the officer said: “In the western part, one will find that cases were detected early and people had better resources for getting medical care.”
In the east, people tended to wait for three to four days to get tested. Most got admitted in critical states which contributed to higher mortality