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State On Covid Watch Mode

Bhubaneswar: As the Covid-19 cases are falling down in the State, the Government is on watch mode to know whether the infection has already touched the peak or it will in coming days.    

Speaking to reporters here, State Director of Health Services, Bijay Mohapatra said the Covid cases are falling down since past few days without decreasing the number of Covid testing. About 70,000 tests are being carried out daily in the State.

 “In order to know whether we have reached the peak of infections or not, we have to wait for a few more days,” said Dr.Mohapatra.

During the second wave, the experts had estimated that the peak would be sometime around July, but in Odisha the peak was reached during the month of October. Hence, few days from now shall be the crucial period to know the peak of the infection, he pointed out.

On the other hand, the daily cases dipped to 8,520 on Sunday with test positivity rate (TPR) slipping further to 11.7 per cent.

The State had reported 11,607 on January 19, since then, the daily Covid infection graph is on a downward trend. Odisha has registered 10,368 cases on January 20, 9,833 cases on January 21 and 8,845 cases on January 22.   

Similarly, the daily test positivity rate is also feeling down in the State. The TPR which was 16.7 per cent on January 19, has dropped to 13.97 per cent on January 20 from 13.21 per cent recorded on January 21. And it further dipped to 12.89 per cent on January 22.

Of the total 8520 fresh Covid-19 cases, highest 2,262 new cases have been reported from Khurda district, followed by Sundargarh (932), Cuttack (789), Balasore (346), Jajpur (253), Kalahandi (226), Bolangir (217), and Nayagarh (216). Other districts in Odisha reported below 200 cases on Sunday. With this, the active caseload in the State now stands at 85,320.