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BMC Commissioner Claims COVID-19 Situation Improving In Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: COVID-19 situation is improving in Bhubaneswar as 75 percent of the active cases are in home isolation, Municipal Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary said today. In slums under Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) jurisdiction, the total number of active cases as on September 25 was 686, he added.

Addressing a press conference here, Chaudhary said, “As many as 68 rapid response teams (RRT) are actively monitoring the home isolation cases. The spread COVID-19 has been contained to a great extent.”

The total number of cases of COVID-19 in Bhubaneswar is 19,893 out of which 16,119 persons have recovered. “We have been able to raise our ICU bed capacity by 60 units recently. This was achieved with 40 ICU beds in a new dedicated COVID hospital and 20 units in an already functioning COVID hospital in Bhubaneswar,” he said.

The active COVID-19 cases in the city are in sterlised condition and the home isolation numbers are permanently stablised. Bhubaneswar is a strategic location as critical COVID cases from other districts come here for treatment. Private testing facility is available only in Bhubaneswar, so many people are coming here to get themselves testd for novel Coronavirus, Chaudhary added.

People are also coming in to Bhubaneswar for other treatment which is leading to a rise in the numbers of positive cases.

“The sero-surveilance revealed that exposure of people in Bhubaneswar to the virus is very low. It was about 5 per cent during the first survey and during the second survey (in high risk group) it was found that 10 per cent people have the antibody. Therefore, the spread is in the shape of a plateau. We are keeping a watch on the COVID graph to assess when the plateau declines,”

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