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Bhubaneswar, Cuttack See Surge In COVID-19 Cases

Bhubaneswar: Of late, twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar are witnessing a surge in COVID-19 positive cases. In the past 24 hours, as per the Health and Family Welfare department, a highest of 23 COVID-19 positive cases were reported from Cuttack (3 from CMC area) while 13 new positive cases were reported from Bhubaneswar.

As many as 130 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Odisha in the last 24 hours.

As per district administration officials, out of the total 23 new cases in Cuttack district, three have been reported from Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) area.

CMC officials informed that one person from Deulasahi and Siddheswar Sahi, who are contacts of previous positive cases, have tested positive for COVID-19.  The third person, who tested positive for COVID, has a travel history and is symptomatic. All the three cases have been shifted to Ashwini hospital while further contact tracing and testing is being carried out, informed CMC officials in a tweet.

Out of the 13 new COVID-positive cases which have been reported from Bhubaneswar in the last 24 hours, seven are home quarantine cases and six are local contact cases.

Sharing details of the new COVID-19 positives, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials informed that the seven home quarantine cases have a travel history to Delhi, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

Two cases from new Forest park area and one each from Patrapada and Laxmisagar have travel history to Delhi. Similarly, cases from Tankapani Road, Chintamaniswar and Old Town have travel history to Jharkhand, Maharashtra and West Bengal, respectively.

The six local contact cases have been reported from Dumduma, Unit-IV, Salia Sahi, Aiginia and Laxmisagar areas of Bhubaneswar.

Out of the 10 worst COVID-19 affected districts in the State, Ganjam and Khurda districts have the highest number of active cases, 176 and 135 respectively followed by 95 in Cuttack and 81 in Bolangir. (Till last updated govt figures at 5PM).

It is pertinent to mention here that Ganjam district had initially seen a spike in COVID-19 cases following the influx of migrants from several hotspots in different parts of the country including Gujarat, Maharashtra, Delhi and other States.

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(Edited by Bikram Jena)

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