Ahmedabad: A city-based doctor couple – Dr Bela Dave, a professor at AMC-run dental college in Khokhra, and Dr Dilip Dave, a pathologist running a lab in Bapunagar area – tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday. The duo had completed both the vaccination doses as healthcare workers (HCWs).
The couple told the media on Monday that they had no major symptoms, and have home quarantined themselves. The duo had got tested as part of their duty and had no apparent symptoms associated with the viral infection.
It is the second instance in the past three days where the doctors who have completed both the shots have got infected with the virus.
Dr Mukesh Maheshwari, a city-based pathologist and a committee member in Gujarat chapter of Indian Medical Association (IMA), said that the incidents should not be seen as detrimental to the ongoing vaccination drive.
“None of the vaccinations can claim 100% efficacy – while some have claimed 70% effectiveness, others have claimed 81%. But vaccination is required to ensure that even when a person is infected, the morbidity and mortality remain low,” he said.
Meanwhile, the surge in Covid-19 cases in Gujarat continued with 890 new cases in 24 hours – 37 cases every hour – the highest in 69 days. While Surat city recorded all-time daily high cases at 240, Ahmedabad recorded 75-day high at 205.
In wake of the surge in cases, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) on Monday announced restriction in commercial establishments’ timings from March 16 in eight wards with highest surge – the shops and restaurants would not be allowed to operate after 10 pm in Jodhpur, Bodakdev, Thaltej, Gota, Paldi, Ghatlodia and Maninagar. It’s the second such restriction imposed by the civic authority – earlier such restrictions were imposed in September last year.