COVID-19 community transmission like situation in Odisha’s Twin City

Bhubaneswar: While Odisha is witnessing a quantum jump in daily COVID-19 cases with Khordha district being severely infected,  Director of Health Services Bijaya Mahapatra today cautioned that community transmission like situation has aroused in the Twin City of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.

Speaking to mediapersons, the official said,  “One single person can infect many others. As there are many returnees in the Twin City from outside the state, the number of cases is increasing in the two places. Today, the state saw a spike of over 8000 cases, the number may increase or decrease in coming days.”

It is pertinent to mention here that yesterday (April 27), Bhubaneswar reported 773 positive cases, out of which 632 were local contact cases. Similarly in Cuttack city, 57 out of the 146 cases reported yesterday were local contact cases.

Mahapatra said the state’s daily caseload is rising due to increase in number of tests. In coming days, more than 50,000 tests will be conducted per day. The health department is preparing itself to tackle the situation keeping in view the possibility of over 10,000 daily cases in coming days, he added.

Regarding  availability of beds, Mohapatra informed that there are sufficient beds available in hospitals throughout the state. More number of people in western Odisha are getting admitted to hospitals. If need arises, the number of beds will be increased.

“Till date, 53 % ICUs, 33 % ventilators and 36 % general beds in the state have been occupied. The situation is likely to normalize during second week of May. The current focus of the administration is to test, trace and treat,” he stated.

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