‘Only 2 out of 37 COVID-19 active cases in Odisha need hospital care’

Eighty per cent patients of the total 50 positive cases in Odisha were asymptomatic: NHM Director

Bhubaneswar: In what could be termed as a respite for the people of Odisha in the fight against coronavirus, National Health Mission (NHM) Director Shalini Pandit today informed that out of 37 COVID-19 active cases in the state, only two patients need hospital care while the rest 35 patients do not need any special medical attention.

At the 4.30 COVID-19 briefing, the NHM Director said  10 more positive patients have recovered taking the total number of cured patients to 12 in the state.  And, more number of patients will also be discharged soon as only two out of the 37 active cases need doctors’ attention.

“37 positive patients admitted in various COVID-19 hospitals have no flu-like symptoms. We have kept them only as a preventive measure for their safety and as well as of the community. They don not need hospital care,” she said.

The NHM Director further said 80 per cent patients of the total 50 positive cases in the state were asymptomatic. Hence, coronavirus can remain in a person’s body without any symptoms of cold, fever and cough. Keeping this in view, the state Government has taken steps to intensify the surveillance. Temporary sample collection centres are being set up in schools across the state.  The number of COVID-19 testing conducted in the state will soon be increased to over 1100 per day.

She further said, “People aged above 60 years are most vulnerable to the deadly virus. Fortunately, Odisha has just 4% of that age group infected with COVID-19 . That’s a relaxing news.”


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