Even as the Covid-19 graph is showing a declining trend, what has now emerged as a concern is the fact that 138 children in the age group of 0-18 years tested positive for Covid-19 in different parts of Odisha in the past 24 hours. These 138 cases (0-18 years) are among the 1058 new Covid-19 cases reported in the State in the last 24 hours.
As per the I & PR department, of the 1058 new Covid-19 cases, 616 were reported from quarantine centres, 442 are local contact cases and 138 cases are in the age group of 0-18 years.
A highest 376 Covid-19 cases were reported from Khordha, followed by 162 new cases in Cuttack district. With the detection of 1058 new cases, the Covid-19 tally in Odisha reached 9,94,565 on Sunday.
The active case load in the State now stands at 10,428 and 9, 77, 197 persons have recovered from the Covid-19 infections so far.
5. Balangir: 2— I & PR Department, Odisha (@IPR_Odisha) August 15, 2021
6. Boudh: 3
7. Cuttack: 162
8. Deogarh: 5
9. Dhenkanal: 18
10. Ganjam: 5
11. Jagatsinghpur: 37
12. Jajpur: 77
13. Jharsuguda: 5
14. Kalahandi: 8
15. Kandhamal: 4
16. Kendrapada: 32
17. Keonjhar: 4
18. Khurda: 376
19. Koraput: 4
20. Malkangiri: 5
21. Mayurbhanj: 37
Earlier, two children, aged five and eight years, respectively, were admitted to the Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) in Burla, Sambalpur district after they tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday.
“Covid symptoms were found in both the children while they were undergoing treatment in the hospital. Both of them were found Covid positive following an antigen test,” said the Superintendent of VIMSAR, Lalmohan Nayak.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Odisha government has braced up to create necessary health infrastructure in view of the possibility of increase in the spread of Covid-19 among children as predicted by public health experts.
Special training is also being imparted to paediatricians and nurses for the treatment of children infected by the virus. The State government recently decided to set up 3,000 paediatric beds, including 250 ICU beds.
(Edited By Pradeep Singh)