New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and Ahmedabad corporator Badruddin Shaikh succumbing to coronavirus on Sunday night.  Shaikh, who was considered a stalwart politician in the Gujarat Congress unit was admitted to SVP hospital a week ago as his condition deteriorated during home quarantine. Also Read - Black Fungus Infection Can Turn Fatal If Left Untreated, Says Govt; Releases Dos and Donts For Covid-19 Patients | Full List Here

Expressing grief over Shaikh’s demise, Congress’ national spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil said,”I am at loss of words. Badrubhai, as we called him was a stellar of strength and patience. A senior leader of our Gujarat family, I knew him since 40 years when he was with Youth Congress. He was relentlessly working with poor people & was infected with COVID-19.” Also Read - Chinese Scientists Discussed Weaponising Coronavirus Five Years Before Pandemic: Report

Shaikh was representing the Behrampura ward in Amdavad Municipal Corporation and had also been the spokesperson of Gujarat Congress. He had tested positive for the deadly virus,  after the positive test results of a Congress MLA Imran Khedawala.

Notably, Gujarat has the second highest number of corona positive cases in the country after Maharashtra. Total coronavirus cases in Ahmedabad climbed to 2,003 even as Gujarat’s tally surpassed 3,000-mark.

As intensified surveillance and testing in the model state’s hotspots and containment clusters, especially in Ahmedabad, was undertaken, more and more cases of COVID-19 infection continued to emerge.

Ahmedabad now has maximum 2,003 cases, followed by Surat 496, Vadodara 230, Rajkot and Anand 41 each, Bhavnagar 40, Bharuch 29, Banaskantha 27, Gandhinagar 23, Aravalli 18, Banaskantha 16, Panchmahals 17, Patan 16, Chotta Udepur 13, Narmada and Botad 12 each, Mahisagar 10, Mahesana 7, Kutch 6, Kheda and Valsad 5 each, Dahod 4, Porbandar, Gir-Somnath and Sabarkantha 3 each, Navsari 2 and Jamnagar, Morbi, Dang, Tapi and Surendranagar one each.