Bhubaneswar : Odisha today witnessed a record jump of new covid cases and deaths as 6164 positive cases were reported from 30 districts in the past 24 hours while seven covid patients succumbed to the virus.
Health and Family Welfare department sources said there has been a jump of over one thousand covid cases in the past 24 hours as on Wednesday the state registered 4851 cases.
Out of 6164 new cases,3575 were reported from the quarantine centres and 2589 as local contact cases taking the total covid tally in the state to 3,88,479. On the other hand for the first time, a record number of seven covid deaths were reported in the state pushing the total covid toll in the state to 1958.
With the recovery of 2209 covid patients on Wednesday, the total recovery in the state surged to3,51,386 while the active cases in the state increased to as high as 35,075.
Official sources said Khordha district reported the highest number of 1132 new cases in the past 24 hours followed by Nuapada ( 459), Kalahandi ( 452), Sundargarh ( 427), Cuttack (360), Jharsuguda ( 355), Sambalpur ( 229), Bolangir ( 226 ) and Nabarangpur (207).
Sources said of the seven covid patients succumbed to the virus, two each from Ganjam and Rayagada district and one each from Kalahandi, Khordha and Kandhamal district. The coronavirus has so far claimed 1965 lives in the state.
With the rise in covid cases in the second phase, the Bhubaneswar Municipality corporation and Ganjam district collector have banned the entry of visitors, devotees into all the religious places.
The ganjam district has already launched a D2D screening survey for the 2nd wave of Covid and urged the people to cooperate with the survey team and follow social distancing norms. With the State capital witnessing a covid resurgence, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday increased the Rapid Response Team (RRTs) to 39.
As per information, a total number of 39 RRT has been formed for 67 wards. Each zone will have 13 teams. Each RRT will consist of a doctor, auxiliary nurse midwives(ANMs) and a covid officer and will be responsible for monitoring the home isolation cases and distributing medicines.
The state government had already suspended inter state bus services and made RT-PCR test or production of final covid vaccination certificate mandatory for all those coming to the state. In the absence of these two certificates, the authority has decided to ask the people to stay in isolation, preferably home isolation for 14 days.
Similarly, all the migrant workers entering into the state have been advised home quarantine mandatory for two weeks Odisha Health Director Bijay Panigrahi today said the government will soon formulate a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the third phase vaccination for people above 18 years to receive the first jab against Covid-19 from May 1.
He claimed that the government is well prepared for the third phase inoculation drive across the state, official sources said nearly 42 per cent of the total population in Odisha are above 18 years and below 45 years.
The state government has allowed both online and on-the-spot registration for vaccination.