COVID surge in Odisha: 8 districts now in Red Zone, 6 in Yellow

Bhubaneswar: As the state has been witnessing an upward trend in COVID-19 cases with a steep rise in Test Positivity Rate (TPR) over the past few days, as many as eight districts have come under Red Zone while six other classified as Yellow Zone.

As per the information shared by State Dashboard, Khordha, Cuttack, Puri, Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Koraput and Balangir districts have been classified as Red Zone. Similarly, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Jajpur, Angul, Bargarh, Nabarangpur have been placed under Yellow Zone.

Out of the total 8,778 cases reported in the state today, Khordha district recorded highest 2,615 cases followed by Sundargarh (1,252), Cuttack (766) and Sambalpur (596). The remaining four Red Zone districts-Jharsuguda, Puri, Koraput and Balangir reported 203, 216, 161, 216 cases, respectively.

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Speaking on the current COVID situation in the state, Director of Public Health Niranjan Mishra today said, “the transmission will continue to rise for next two months. Most of the people infected with the virus get mild symptoms. The TPR is high in four to five districts. However, the rate of fatality, hospitalization and demand for ICU beds is currently less. he number of beds will be increased in coming days, if the need arises.”

The official further mentioned that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik following a review meeting yesterday directed all district Collectors to adopt cluster containment strategy to break the chain of the virus transmission.

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