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Bhubaneswar: Covid-19 Infections In Declining Phase, Claims BMC Commissioner

Bhubaneswar: Covid-19 infections graph in Bhubaneswar is currently in a declining phase, claimed Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary.

“More than 22,000 have recovered. We are in a declining phase,” said Chaudhary addressing a presser here today.

The BMC Commissioner said that 250-300 new Covid-19 positive cases are being reported from the city in a day for the last 4-5 days.

“We are currently passing through a declining phase after plateauing,” he pointed out.

Chaudhary stated that around 75% of the Covid-19 active cases are in home isolation and added that as per the government’s instruction patients with mild symptoms are being administered with Favipiravir.

He further said that as on date Favipiravir has been distributed to 712 Covid-19 patients.

“Our RRT(Rapid Response Teams) visit the houses of the patients during distribution of Favipiravir. For every 7-8 RRT teams a MBBS or Specialist physician is tagged. Decision to administer Favipiravir is taken in consultation with these doctors after obtaining informed consent from patients,” Chaudhary explained.

Sharing information on the position of availability of beds and ICUs in hospitals for Covid patients, BMC Commissioner stated that the problems with regard to bed load in Bhubaneswar area has been reduced very substantially.

“Till yesterday around 100 ICU beds were vacant in government facilities,” he pointed out.

Chaudhary informed that the Covid Care Centres at Jamujhari and Jatni having around 700 beds had to be closed as there was no occupancy.

He said apart from government facility, there are sufficient beds available in the 18 private hospitals where the government guideline is applicable.

The BMC Commissioner said that RMRC in its report has also mentioned that Covid-19 is in its declining phase.
He however, cautioned against any complacency in behaviour towards Covid-19 in the upcoming festive season as it could result in a post Onam type situation in Kerala or a second wave in Europe as recently pointed out the Chief Minister.

He requested people not to visit pandals as public participation has been banned puja will be only limited to rituals.

He appealed to the people not to crowd markets for the festive purchases and instead visit markets for such purchases in a staggered manner.

Prem Chandra Chaudhary, Commissioner, BMC

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