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Covid Cases Cross 10K Mark

Bhubaneswar: With the passing of each day, the Covid cases go on increasing in the State. Today, the cases have crossed the 10,000 mark as the State registered 10,059 fresh cases during the last 24 hours.

According to the Health Department, out of 10,059 freshly infected persons, 872 belong to the age group of 0 to 18 years. While 5,833 were detected in quarantine, another 4,226 are local contact cases.

The cases were reported from all 30 districts of Odisha. Khurda district continued to be on top of the infection list with 3,188 new cases, followed by Sundargarh (1348), Cuttack (870) and Sambalpur (570). With the new cases, the active caseload in Odisha reached 44,349.

The Health department has confirmed the death of another three persons due to the virus. The death cases were reported from Angul, Kendrapara and Nayagarh districts.

A total of 81,065 samples were tested in the State in the past 24 hours. The daily test positivity rate (TPR) of Odisha has also increased to 12.40 per cent from 11.76 per cent reported yesterday. The TPR was 10.25% on the previous day (January 11).

State director health services, Bijay Mohapatra said the infection rate is on an upward trend in the State. The infection rate is expected to go further up and reach a peak in the next few days, he said. 

“The hospitalization rate remained quite low as compared to the second wave. However, we are continuing to strengthen our healthcare infrastructure, medicine and oxygen supply as no one can predict the virus,” Mohapatra said. 

Only 6.51 per cent occupancy in general beds, 12.51% in ICU and 3.62 per cent ventilator beds in the State till date, he informed.

Further, the director added that steps are being taken taking the positivity rate, hospitalizations & death rate into consideration.