Bhubaneswar : Odisha reported 7,188 new covid cases indicating a dip in the covid infection for the last three days as the state has been witnessing a spike of over 10k to 12k cases daily since May 5 last.
With fresh 7188 cases, the covid tally in the state surged to 7,47,143 with 6,47,133 recoveries and the fatality has gone up to 2686 with 35 more succumbing to the virus in the past 24 hours.
Health and Family Welfare Department sources said 4,026 positive cases were reported from the quarantine centres and 3,162 local contact cases in the past 24 hours from 30 districts in the state.
For the third consecutive day, the state witnessed a daily covid caseload of below 10k.
Out of 7188 new infections, Khordha district registered the highest number of 1134 cases followed by Cuttack(690), Angul ( 515), Puri ( 457) and Jajpur( 404 ). As many as eight districts have reported less than one hundred new cases while five districts registered covid positive cases between 200 to 300.
During the last 24 hours, 35 more covid patients under treatment, succumbed to the virus from 13 districts. They included five from Angul district, four from Kalahandi, three each from four districts, two each from three districts and one each from another three districts.
The active cases which continued to remain above one lakh since May 12 last, have declined to less than one lakh( 97,271) today.
Odisha is presently under lockdown till June 1 besides the weekend shutdown to contain the covid pandemic.
Meanwhile, all the Public Universities and Degree Colleges under the Directorate of Higher Education will resume functioning from June 1 next
The Higher Education Dept has instructed the Vice-Chancellors of all Public Universities and Principals of all Government and non-Government Degree Colleges in this regard.
Additional Chief Secretary (Health) PK Mohapatra has requested the Director of RMRC, Bhubaneswar to conduct a follow up to assess the hospitalization and severity among covid positive individuals post covid vaccination as compared to non-vaccination covid 19 positive individuals.
The RMRC was asked to contact the designated colour hospitals treating the covid patients in the state to collect the relevant data.
In another direction, Mr Mohapatra has asked the collectors of 12 districts affected by cyclone Yaas to closely monitor for covid symptoms of people evacuated and those engaged in relief and rescue operation.
The house to the house survey team, he said, should sensitize the cyclone shelter returned families and field restoration team, persons.
These people were advised to monitor their own health status and in case of any covid symptoms, they should isolate themselves and test for covid 19.
The Gaon Kalyana Samiti in the village is playing an active role in tackling COVID-19 at the grassroots level in the state.
A sub-committee has been formed under the Samiti to create awareness on community participation along with Covid testing, vaccinations, treatment as well as door-to-door distribution of masks and soaps.