At least 607 sufferers recovered from the illness, taking the count of cured people to 11,937, which is 71.47 per cent of the whole virus load within the state. The state’s fatality rate, nevertheless, stays intact at 0.51 per cent.
While the state’s COVID-19 positive tally was just 7,065 on June 30, it mounted to 16,701 on July 18, the official information stated.
Similarly, the fatality rate additionally elevated alarmingly. As many as 61 sufferers have succumbed to the highly infectious virus in 18 days of July. While the demise toll until June 30 was confined to 25, it touched 86 on July 18 in the state, the health and family welfare division mentioned.
The surge in COVID-19 cases pressured the state govt to impose a 14-day lockdown in 4 excessive load districts such as Ganjam, Khurda, Cuttack and Jajpur together with Rourkela city.
The first day of the lockdown was passable with people largely remaining indoors besides popping out to purchase necessities for just a few hours within the morning, an official mentioned.
Regarding Saturday’s recent casualties, the official mentioned two males from Ganjam, aged 63 and 60 years, and a 48-year-old lady from Gajapati died of coronavirus an infection.
The lady was additionally affected by weight problems and sleep apnea, he mentioned.
Of the whole COVID-19 fatalities, 52 have been reported from Ganjam, followed by Khurda (13), Cuttack (8) and Gajapati (3), whereas two each were from Angul and Puri, and one each from Baragah, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Rayagada and Sundergarh districts.
Besides, 26 more sufferers have died in Odisha however their deaths have been attributable to “non-COVID causes”, the official mentioned.
Of the 591 new positive cases, 394 have been detected in various quarantine centres and 197 throughout contact-tracing exercises, the official mentioned, including that contact tracing and follow-up actions have been underway.
The most of 182 recent cases have been reported from Ganjam, the worst-hit district followed by 121 from Khurda, 38 from Cuttack, 35 from Bargarh, 22 every from Jagatsinghpur, Nabarangpur and Mayurbhanj, 20 from Sambalpur, 19 from Jajpur, 18 from Sundergarh, 13 from Balasore and 11 from Nayagarh.
With new cases, recent recoveries and fatalities, the state’s positive case load declined to 4,652 from 4,671 on Friday. The positive count got here down by 19 after 607 sufferers recovered and three others died, the official defined.
The health division had performed 8,155 tests on Friday, he added.
Meanwhile, the administration equipped surveillance within the state capital of Bhubaneswar because the virus tally there touched 1,130.
As more cases are being detected within the city, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation with the assistance of the health division began the sixth round of surveillance with concentrate on the population-dense slum areas.
“Each individual within the slum areas is being surveyed repeatedly in a phased method and examined if discovered with signs,” an official mentioned, including that 33 per cent of the capital’s inhabitants lives in slums.
Sourav Garg, Covid Observer for Cuttack district, reviewed the measures and mentioned focus is on intensive testing, tracing and therapy.
Garg additionally directed the administration to limit the entry of extra visitors and attendants in OPD and casualty of SCB Medical College Hospital and Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre in Cuttack.
Meanwhile, the state govt ready a separate policy for the worst-hit Ganjam district which has up to now reported 5,280 positive cases and 52 deaths.
“It has been determined to enhance health infrastructure, increase tele-medicine facility and create consciousness in Ganjam,” an official mentioned.
Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, P K Mohapatra has directed the authorities to open OPD and emergency wing of MKCG Medical College in Berhampur. An additional superintendent will shortly be appointed within the medical college hospital, he mentioned.
As allegations of personal hospitals denying therapy to non-COVID sufferers from hotspot districts have been obtained, Chief Secretary A K Tripathy warned of strict action.
Terming such act of reluctance to confess sufferers unethical and unlawful, Tripathy mentioned action will likely be taken towards the erring establishments as per legislation.
The chief secretary mentioned selfless service rendered by individuals, both in govt or personal sector, who succumb to COVID-19 in line of responsibility beneath formal deployment by the state authorities for pandemic administration, will likely be recognised appropriately. Their cremation will likely be performed as accorded to martyrs, Tripathy mentioned.
Responding to a name given by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, a group of 10 personnel of Odisha Fire Service have volunteered to donate plasma for the therapy of critically sick COVID sufferers.
Taking to Twitter, Director General of Fire Services Satyajit Mohanty mentioned 10 such personnel who’ve recovered from the dreaded coronavirus will donate the plasma for the therapy of other severe sufferers.
[Attribution Business Standard]