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Sharmili Mallick

Covid-19 cases in Odisha today breached the 10,000-mark with 10,059 infections reported in the last 24 hours . Amid the unprecedented trend, the State Director of Health Services Bijay Mohapatra said the single-day count in Odisha is likely to cross the second wave peak in the next few days.

The State had recorded the highest single-day cases on May 22, 2021 with a total of 12,852 infections, as per a data revealed by the State Information and Public Relations (I&PR) Department.

Speaking about the sharp rise in Covid-19 daily case count, Mohapatra said,“ The infection has been surging day by day and the daily cases might breach the peak registered during the second wave in a few days.”

“During a pandemic, there is an upward trend before the cases remain stationed and then come down. Unless the infection rate becomes static, we cannot exactly say in how many days the Covid-19 cases will reduce,” he added.

On the hospitalisation of Covid positive patients, Mohapatra said, “The hospitalisation rate in comparison to the infection rate is considerably less. The demand for oxygen support and ventilator beds is comparatively lesser than earlier wave. Even though the hospitalisation rate is low, efforts are being made to strengthen medical infrastructure in the State which includes medicines, facility of hospitalisation and oxygen supply. This has been the direction of the Chief Minister,” he added.

Meanwhile, the cumulative Covid-19 positive tally in the State has surged to 11,01,606 so far while the death toll has gone up to 8,472. A total of 10,48,732 people have recovered from the infection. The active cases have gone up to 44,349.

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