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Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar: The Covid-19 cases in Odisha saw another biggest one-spike of the year on Tuesday after 1784 persons across the State tested positive for Covid-19 infection and two patients succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours, a data released by the State Information And Public Relations (I&PR) Department said.

This is the fifth straight day that the State recorded more than 1000 fresh cases. Odisha had last posted 1700-plus cases on October 23, 2020 when 1793 people had tested positive for the virus, 1031 from quarantine and 762 local contacts.

Out of the total cases detected in 30 districts of the State, 1,035 were reported from quarantine centres while the rest 749 were local transmission cases.

While one patient died in Bhadrak district, another death was reported from Bolangir district, said a data released by the State Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) Department.

Similarly, while four districts registered a three-digit figure, Nuapada district topped the list with Nuapada 303 cases, followed by Sundargarh (241), Khurda (201) and Sambalpur (114). Among other districts, Bolangir reported 91 cases followed by Bargarh (87), Ganjam (80), Balasore (72), Kalahandi (68), Nabarangpur (67), Cuttack (59), Keonjhar (54) and Puri (53).

With the inclusion of Tuesday’s figure, the number of total cases in the State surged to 3,53,086 while 1,930 have succumbed to the disease till date and 3,40,600 patients have been cured or recovered. The active cases in the State stood at 10,503 on Tuesday, added the H &FW Department.

The State has so far tested a total of 94,28,469 samples including 28,013 on Monday. Odisha’s positivity rate stands at 3.74 per cent.

Meanwhile, amid the steep rise in the coronavirus cases in the State, the Odisha Health department on Monday had directed all collectors, municipal commissioners, CDMOs and PHOs to reactivate government and private Covid facilities across the State.

“In view of the rapid surge of the Covid-19 cases in the state, you are requested to remain in readiness to accommodate the new cases and activate the earlier used Government and Private Covid facilities in a phased manner as and when required,” additional chief secretary of health department Pradipta Mohapatra had stated in a letter yesterday.

Moreover, all the private hospitals under Odisha Clinical Establishment Act having 30 beds or more have been asked to keep at least 10% of available beds (General bed & ICU) reserved for Covid patients. They shall increase the facility up to 80 % of available General beds and ICUs in a phase wise manner as per the rise in incidence of Covid patients.

(Edited By Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)

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