Bhubaneswar: After a gap of
almost five months the daily covid load
surpassed the 1200 mark in Odisha as 1226
new cases were reported in the past 24 hours
taking the total cumulative tally in the state
The daily covid load in Odisha which was
below 200 mark for several days in December
2021 suddenly jumped to over 400
consecutively two days on January 1 and 2. It then rose to 680 on January 3 last and nearly
doubled in the past 24 hours.
On August 7 last the state reported 1243 covid positive cases after which it started declining and
reached below the 200 mark in the last week of December.
Health and Family Welfare department sources said out of 1226 new cases recorded from 28of
the total 30 districts of the state,710 were reported from the quarantine centres and 506 as local
As many as 187 positive cases were found in the age groups of 0 to 18 years, registering 15.25 per
cent of the total new cases in the state.
Khordha district recorded the highest number of 456 cases(37 per cent) followed by Sundargrh (
166), Sambalpur ( 99), Cuttack ( 80), Jajpur ( 47), Mayurbhnj (40), Jharsuguda (33), Puri ( 30)
and Bargarh (21).
These nine districts together accounted for 79.28 per cent of the new cases reported in the state
in the past 24 hours.
Two districts- Malkangiri and Kandhamal however reported no new positive cases in the past 24
During the period only two covid deaths were reported in the health audit from Khordha district
pushing the total fatalities in the state to 8466. The recovery in the state surged to 10,45,376
after 121 covid patients were cured of the infections on Tuesday.
The active cases in the state jumped from 2888 on Monday to 3981 in the past 24 hours.
Khordha district alone reported 1551 cases( 37 per cent) followed by Sundargarh ( 357), Cuttack
(328), Sambalpur ( 247), Jharsuguda( 120), Balasore ( 119) and Jajpur (100).
These seven districts have reported 70.81 per cent of the total active cases in the state.
Director Health services Bijaya Mohapatra said the test positivity rate of Odisha which was
maintained below one per cent has jumped to more than one per cent for the last three days.
He said it is high time to break the transmission chain in the community as the test positivity
rate in the state has been rising for the last three days.
As many as eight of the 30 districts in the state recorded test positivity rate over one per cent
with Khordha district registering as high as 4.4 per cent followed by Cuttack and Sundargarh
district a 2. 4 per cent, Deogarh (1.8 per cent ) and Sambalpur (1.5 per cent).
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while reviewing the covid situation in the state on Tuesday
directed the officials to keep ready all the covid hospitals in the state in the next ten days in view
of the rising incidents of covid positive cases in the state.
Reviewing the covid situation with the district collectors and heads of various departments on
digital mode, Patnaik asked them to expedite the preparations to counter the rising covid 19
cases. The state had so far reported 37 Omicron variant of covid 19 cases.
The Chief Minister also asked the officials to prepare at least the number of ICU and beds
available during the peak of the second wave of the covid in the state.