India has seen a spike in the number of people who have tested positive for the new coronaviruses after the virus swept through several states, officials said on Friday.
The new coronovirus, which was identified on Friday by the World Health Organisation (WHO), is the most deadly in the world, killing nearly 5,000 people every day, with more than 5,700 deaths from the coronaviral disease since it was first detected in October.
While most people are already in quarantine, people who tested positive in Gujarat, which has been declared a national emergency, will be sent for testing in the next few days, officials of the state health department said in a statement.
While the total number of infections is likely to be in the hundreds of thousands, most of the cases are thought to have occurred in the cities of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
According to data from the Indian Medical Association (IMA), about 5,300 cases have been reported across the country, of which 2,400 were reported in Gujarat.
Of the 2,000 cases reported in the state, more than 300 have been in the city of Ahmedabad.
The state health commissioner, Suresh Kumar, said in the statement that Gujarat has seen an unprecedented increase in the infection rate, which is due to the fact that there are so many more people in Gujarat than in other states.
The number of cases in Gujarat rose from 1,700 on October 6 to 4,700 today.
There were 1,900 cases reported on October 7, the same day as the coronoviral crisis, and 4,600 on October 14.
On October 21, the government declared a state of emergency in Gujarat and its adjoining districts.
This included the districts of Ahmedpur and Pune, which were declared as national emergencies on October 24.
In the next 24 hours, more people were tested in Gujarat after more than 500,000 tests were conducted, Kumar said.
According the IMA data, Gujarat’s infection rate has decreased by 70% in the last month.
It is estimated that the number and the rate of cases decreased by 60% during the same period.
The rate of infections has also dropped in the districts.