Cuttack: Amid a rising trend in the covid-19 graph in Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) area, the civic body has apprehended community transmission which led to a steady rise in the number of positive cases in the city.
Cuttack ADMO and CMC Nodal officer Dr Umesh Ray on Saturday said a community transmission-like situation seems to have emerged in the silver city.
“It seems community transmission has already begun in the city, given the daily surge in positive cases in Cuttack district especially the CMC area. The unprecedented spike in the Covid-19 cases might be due to the community transmission,” Ray predicted.
But, the scientists at ICMR only can clarify on it, Ray added.
He said the Covid 19 may peak in next 5-6 days and the daily count would gradually come down thereafter.
Heavy influx of migrants from other States contributed much to the steady rise of daily infections. Earlier, in April 28 Health Director Bijay Panigrahi had also raised same apprehension after the Covid cases spiraled in twin city every day.
As many as 593 new cases have been detected in CMC area on Friday out of which 260 were local contacts and 257 have been detected from home quarantine. Similarly, 76 people had tested positive from institutional quarantine centers.
Meanwhile, Commissionerate Police has initiated strict measures to enforce the weekend shut down in Cuttack with an intense police patrolling.
Violators are being penalised heavily, police said.
Meanwhile the civic body is planning to increase the number of beds including ICU, HDU at SCB medical and college hospital and rope in private hospitals for the treatment of Covid-19 patients.
"As SCB Medical is considered as a referral centre, we have planned to increase the capacity of it. More patients are being referred to Cuttack from Adjoining districts," CMC Commissioner Ananya Das said.
Addressing a presser, Das further said, "Additional 00 beds with 42 ICU and 40 HDU beds will be added to SCB Medical College and private hospitals for the Covid-19 patients."
Cuttack city has 3685 active cases out of which 88% patients are under home isolation, she added. Similarly, 40 to 50 % beds at Covid care centre are occupied. Ten per cent patients need hospitalization, she maintained.