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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: Even as the entire focus of Odisha government is on Ganjam district, COVID-19 cases have also shot up considerably in the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar as well.

A day after reporting its highest single-day spike of 90 cases, the smart city on Thursday recorded 60 new COVID19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 919 cases.

Surprisingly, the COVID19 situation in Bhubaneswar is fast worsening after considerable relaxations in lockdown to revive the economy. It is believed that since July 1 as the city moved towards graded reopening, it has resulted in a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases.

As per the data of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), COVID-19 cases have trebled in the last 15 days. On June 30, the total COVID-19 cases in Bhubaneswar stood at 320 with 130 active cases and four deaths. While 469 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the last 10 days, the city has registered a total of 599 cases since July 1. As on July 16, the total COVID-19 cases in Bhubaneswar stood at 919, with 504 active cases (excluding today’s recoveries) and 11 deaths.

Apart from Bhubaneswar, the millennium city of Cuttack too is witnessing a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases. Cuttack had only 39 positive cases on June 30 and the number has shot up to 314 on Thursday after 19 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours.

As per the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) data, 121 new COVID cases were reported in the past 10 days while total 275 cases have been recorded since July 1.

If we look at the overall COVID-19 situation in Odisha, Ganjam district continues to remain the worst affected. 246 new cases were reported from Ganjam in the last 24 hours, taking the COVID-19 tally to 4,867 on Thursday. Ganjam district has reported the most COVID-19 fatalities with 48 deaths, followed by 13 in Khurda and eight from Cuttack districts. The total active cases in Ganjam district currently stand at 1,761.

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena

Also Read: Covid Numbers Jump Over 15K Mark In Odisha, 2 More Deaths Take Toll To 79

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