Bhubaneswar : For the third consecutive day today over 4000 covid positive cases were reported in Odisha.
Health and Family Welfare department sources said in the past 24 hours 4851 new covid infections were reported from 30 districts and five covid patients succumbed to the virus while undergoing treatment.
The covid tally in the state rose to 3,832,315 with 349337 recoveries and 1958 deaths.The active cases stand at 30,927.
Directorate of Medical Education & Training (DMET) director CBK Mohanty today indicated that the second wave of the pandemic might hit the peak between the end of April and first week of May in Odisha.
Mr. Mohanty said the State Government is fully prepared to meet any health exigencies and clarified that there is no shortage of oxygen stock for Covid-19 patients so far in the State.
The state government , he said is gradually increasing beds for Covid-19 patients while keeoing close watch on Temporary Medical Camps (TMC) have been created at block level to keep the migrants who are returning to the State in isolation.
Covid Care Homes (CCH) and dedicated Covid hospitals have also become operational in almost all the districts,” official sources said.
In the past 24 hours as many as 12 districts in the state reported more than 100 new covid cases.Khordha district registered the highest number of 703 cases followed by Sundargarh (516),Nayagarh ( 486),Bargarh (318) ,Cuttack ( 304) and Jharsuguda ( 290 ).
Khordha district has so far registered a record number of over 60,000 covid positive cases while Cuttack district reported over 31000 cases followed by both Ganjam and Sundargarh district registering more than 22000 cases.
Meanwhile,the Bhubaneswar Municipal Commissioner( (BMC) has banned the entry of devotees, visitors to the temples, churches, Gurudwar and Masjid in the capital city and permitted the hotels to allow only the in house guests to dine in the restaurants.
The hotels and restaurants however, were allowed to serve take away food to customers, buyers and clients. In view of the rising covid cases in the second phase, the state government which had earlier postponed the class X examinations, today cancelled the examinations.
Meanwhile ,DGP Abhaya today reviewed the Covid enforcement measures Balangir, Kalahandi, Nuapada districts in Western Odisha.
The DGP reviewed the on-going enforcement drive and implementation of night curfew, weekend shutdown,functioning of border check posts and preparedness to ramp up Police assistance further to tackle Covid-19.
Mr.Abhaya also reviewed the border sealing arrangement at Sindhi Kaliari chaka on Chattisgarh border. Two platoons force have been deployed for Covid enforcement duty in the district.
The Border CheckPoint at Sindhi Kaliari Chaka has been established to check interstate movement between Odisha and Chhattisgarh.
Two Border Checkpoints at Jonk Bridge and Kusum Jore have also been established to check interstate movement between Odisha and Chhattisgarh. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who reviewed the Covid situation in the state on Tuesday directed to ramp up beds with oxygen systems. The enforcement activities have to be continued to be implemented strictly across the state,Mr.Patnaik said.