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Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: The tally of novel-Coronavirus cases inched closer to 2000 mark in Bhubaneswar with 163 persons testing positive for the virus in the last 24 hours. The total count of the SARS-nCoV infections under the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation now stands at 1,991.

Of the total 163 cases detected in the last 24 hours, 104 were reported from various quarantine centres while 59 are local contacts.

Some of the cluster cases reported in the city include 8 cases from Unit-3 Kharvel Nagar linked with earlier positive cases, 7 positives from near Unit 4 fish market, 5 cases from Unit 1 Akhandalamani Basti, 13 cases from Nayapalli Trinatha Nagar Basti, 11 cases from Pandara near Hi-tech Medical College and seven cases from Bharatpur with travel history to hotspot district.

Similarly, three positive cases were reported from a central government hospital while three private hospital employees also tested positive for the virus.

The recovered tally in the smart city also rose to 909 with 46 more patients getting cured of the disease. The active cases in the city now stand at 1069 while 11 patients have died so far.

On the other hand, an increasing trend of rising infections among the contacts of previous positive cases has triggered concern for the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) which logged 57 new Covid-19 cases today.

While briefing the media today, CMC Commissioner Ananya Das said that among the 264 cases detected last week between July 19 and 24, about 187 (71%) are contacts of previous positive cases. The remaining cases are those with travel history and some are local contacts.

Das further informed that three types of containment zones have been declared in Cuttack to contain the spread of coronavirus.

“Containment zones have been declared only in those cases where the virus is supposed to have spread in a large area and not limited to a single household. People should not come out of their house in such zones because it renders the containment strategy useless,” the CMC Commissioner added.

Speaking on the occasion, Cuttack Covid-19 observer Saurabh Garg said, “Temporary medical camps have been closed due to less arrival of migrants and instead 64 Cluster TMCs have been set up in district excluding the CMC area with an overall capacity of 2500 beds. Besides, 373 Covid Care Homes are functioning with total 4000 beds.

Garg appealed all the recovered patients to come forward and donate plasma to help in the treatment of Covid-19 patients.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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