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Vikash Sharma

Berhampur: Ganjam district, which had turned into a COVID-19 hotspot in Odisha, is now showing signs of flattening the curve. Nearly 85 % of rural pockets are now in green zone, informed district Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange on Friday.

Addressing a presser, the Ganjam Collector informed that due to the cumulative efforts there has been a massive change in the overall COVID-19 situation in the district. In July, Ganjam district had witnessed a single-day jump of around 700 cases and the positivity rate was around 60%. Now the cases are going down and the positivity rate is less than 15%, said Kulange.

The total COVID-19 cases in Ganjam district stood at 14,122 as on Friday, with 2,160 active cases (excluding today’s recoveries) and 151 deaths. The recovery rate in the district is 84 %.

Ganjam Collector informed that the overall testing in the district has increased by almost 10 times and crossed the 1 lakh-mark today.

Apart from the rural areas, several urban areas in the district are also gradually moving towards the green zone since the last five days, he added.

"Due to improved health infrastructure and bed availability, public confidence has increased and they are now coming forward for testing. Efforts are now on to bring down COVID-19 fatalities with focus on early detection of cases. In July, it was observed that critically ill patients were succumbing to the disease after admission. Now hospitals are getting time to treat COVID-19 patients including administration of plasma therapy. Since last 10 days, the COVID-19 deaths are also on a decline in the district due to early detection of cases,” Kulange added.

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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