Bhubaneswar: As of now, Bhubaneswar city has reported more COVID-19 cases from non-slum areas as compared to the slum pockets. According to the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner, Prem Chandra Chaudhary 657 COVID positive cases have been reported from non-slum areas as against 201 cases from slums.

“We are laying more emphasis on slum areas which are more prone to outbreak. We are doing aggressive testing in the slums given their vulnerability,” said Chaudhary in a media briefing on Saturday.

Chaudhary further added that they are planning to increase testing in the city and have set a target to conduct 1400 tests per day.

According to BMC COVID Observer, Anu Garg, "BMC is maintaining active surveillance in the slum areas. Teams have been created to keep an eye on symptomatic cases and persons with travel history. As of now, 4 slums in Bhubaneswar have been declared containment zones due to detection of COVID cases."


Sharing details about the COVID19 hospital capacity augmentation in Bhubaneswar, Garg informed, “We are making arrangements to add 1500 new beds in COVID hospitals in Bhubaneswar.”

BMC on Saturday reported 111 COVID positive cases which took the total tally of confirmed cases in Bhubaneswar to 1,828. As per BMC reports, 863 patients have recovered from COVID19 while the active caseload in the city is 952.

From 111 cases reported today, 62 positive cases were reported from quarantine centres, while 49 were local contact cases. The city also reported 29 COVID-19 recoveries on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the civic body authorities have intensified their surveillance activities through antigen testing of vulnerable cohorts. BMC carried out antigen tests of the vendors of Unit-4 market today.

Moreover, BMC has also ramped up door-to-door surveillance. In a tweet, BMC informed (sic), “Door-to-door active surveillance continues by RRT teams across the city. In the slum areas, each & every household is surveyed, in case of any symptoms, they are being tested. In other areas, the home quarantinees are surveyed on a regular basis.”

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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