Active covid cases in Odisha surpass one lakh mark, 10649 new infection,19 fatalities reported in past 24 hrs

Bhubaneswar : Active covid cases in Odisha today crossed one lakh mark as 10649 more people tested positive in the last 24 hours taking the covid tally in the state to 5,76,297.

Health and Family Welfare department sources said active cases in the state surged to 1,00,313 today while the covid toll rose to 2251 with 19 more people succumbing to the virus on Wednesday while undergoing treatment at various hospitals.

Till midnight of May 12 , the state has conducted 1,07,13,098 tests of which 5,76,297 have so far been tested covid positive( about 5.38 percent)and 4,73,680 of them including 8547 cured yesterday, have recovered from the virus.

Official sources said out of 10,649 new cases reported from 30 districts in the state ,5965 were reported from the quarantine centres and the rest 4684 are local contact cases.

Barring two districts- Malkangiri and Kandhamal, the other 28 districts reported over 100 new cases of which seven districts registered more than 400 cases in a single day.

Khordha district continued to remain on the top in the daily infection with 1557 followed by Cuttack (930), Sundargarh( 774),Angul ( 557) Balasore ( 503), Sambalpur ( 494) and Mayurbhanj( 404).

In the past 24 hours, three covid patients succumbed to the virus in Angul district and two each from Puri and Sundargarh district.One each died in 14 districts in the state.

Meanwhile, the state government proposed to the centre to establish at least 40 oxygen plants in the state to cover all the government run medical colleges, district headquarter hospitals,Capital Hospital, Ispat General Hospital in Rourkela and Acharya harihar Post Graduate Institute of cancer in Cuttack.

Sources said the centre would set up Pressure Swing Adsorption(PSA) plants in collaboration with the several agencies from the PM Cares Fund.

The Odisha government has also decided to set up at least 16 liquid Oxygen plants each costing about Rs.1 crore at some strategic locations in the state close to the hospitals.

The state government has requested the centre to provide 25 lakhs covid vaccines and 30,000 oxygen cylinders on a priority basis.

State Health and Family Welfare Minister Naba Kishore Das made the demand during a virtual meeting on the covid situation in the state with Union Health Minister Dr.Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday.

Sources said Union Mines Minister Prahallad Joshi on the request of Union Petroleum and Natural Gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan has directed the Mahanadi Coal field Limited (MCL) to set up covid hospitals in Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda and Angul districts in the state.

The Fire Services Department meanwhile, has deployed 384 fire personnel with all basic firefighting and rescue machinery in 62 Covid hospitals in the State in a bid to avert fire accidents in the hospitals.