A view of an empty shopping mall is seen after Gujarat state government banned public gatherings to avoid the spreading of the coronavirus, in Ahmedabad, India. REUTERS/Amit Dave

SIX new coronavirus positive cases were reported in Gujarat, western India, on Saturday (21). The total cases in the state stand at 13, chief minister Vijay Rupani said.

Twelve of these patients have history of travel abroad, while one person in Surat had visited Delhi and Jaipur recently, he said.

“Four of these cases were reported in Ahmedabad city, one in Ahmedabad rural, three each in Surat and Vadodara, and one each in Rajkot and Gandhinagar,” Rupani said.

He said the government is prepared to tackle the “worst- possible” situation.

The state had reported its first two coronavirus positive cases on Thursday (19). A day later, another five cases had been detected.

The chief minister also requested people to stay indoors and follow the guidelines related to social distancing and cleanliness.

He said that the 1,200-bed super specialty new block of the hospital will be kept exclusively for the treatment of coronavirus patients.

Similar facilities will be set up in Rajkot, Vadodara and Surat, he said.

The government has appointed senior officials in four zones of the state to deal with outbreak of such cases.

“Action will be taken against the people who are spreading fake WhatsApp messages to create panic and confusion among public. Cases will be registered against them and action will be taken,” said state home minister Pradipsinh Jadeja.

The state government has already ordered closure of schools, colleges, private coaching classes, gyms, water parks, multiplexes and other public places.