Odisha's daily new COVID cases rising; govt prepares for possible second wave

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(Eds: With fresh inputs) Bhubaneswar, Apr 2 (PTI) With Odisha registering a gradual rise in the number of daily new cases since March 19, the state government has geared up to face the possible second wave of the coronavirus, a health official said on Friday.

After 461 more people tested positive for the infection during the day, the states caseload went up to 3,41,772.

Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, P K Mohapatra, wrote to the authorities of districts, municipal corporations and other stakeholders asking them to remain prepared for the eventuality.

Mohapatra has directed the officials to arrange for the required numbers of beds with oxygen facilities in District Headquarters Hospitals and Medical College Hospitals should be kept in readiness for immediate use of COVID-19 patients.

Private hospitals in the districts will also be kept in readiness for immediate use on short notice, he said.

Mohapatra also asked the authorities to re-orient district teams on the standard operating procedure (SOP) for treatment of patients under home isolation.

He said that Rapid Reaction Teams (RRT) teams should undertake periodic visits to patients under home isolation, as per the SOP.

While the state reported 110 new cases on March 19, the number has reached 461 on April 2, indicating that the highly infectious disease is in return mode.

The state on Friday registered recovery of as many as 218 COVID-19 patients taking the total number of cured people to 3,37,430, which is 98.72 per cent of the caseload.

Of the new cases registered in 24 of the state's 30 districts, 272 were reported from quarantine centres, while others were detected during contact tracing, an official said.

Nuapada district registered the highest number of new cases at 86, followed by Khurda (69), Sundergarh (62) and Kalahandi (36).

The state's coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 1,921 as no fresh fatality was reported since March 30.

Fifty-three coronavirus patients have died to date due to comorbidities, he said.

The state now has 2,368 active cases, which is 0.69 per cent of the caseload.

The state has thus far tested over 91.03 lakh samples for COVID-19, including 30,716 on Thursday.

Keeping in view the spike in COVID-19 cases, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has restricted the number of attendees in marriage related functions in the city to 100. Earlier, 200 people were allowed to attend such events.

'For death rituals related functions, the maximum number of persons allowed are 50,' an order of the BMC said.

The BMC prohibited events and gatherings related to promotional activities, conferences, conclaves and annual functions.

This new order will be effective from April 6.

The BMC on Friday sealed a shopping mall for violation of COVID-19 protocols. It also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on a women apparel store and Rs 5,000 each on two other garment showrooms. PTI AAM NN NN