Bhubaneswar: Two more COVID-19 patients lost their lives in Bhubaneswar during the last 24 hours taking the death toll of the city to 160. During the last seven days (October 21 to 28), 16 persons have succumbed to the deadly disease under Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) limits.
Meanwhile, the total number of COVID-19 positive cases reported from the Capital City in the last 24 hours was 110. The figure crossed 100-mark after registering below-100 figures (88 and 91) for two consecutive days.
The total number of COVID-19 cases detected in Bhubaneswar so far is 28,892. At present 1,885 COVID-19 patients are undergoing treatment in the Capital City. “More than 75 per cent of the active cases in Bhubaneswar (around 1,600) are in home isolation. Besides, the occupancy (of active cases) in hospitals is also due to patients from rest of Odisha,” Municipal Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary said.
Addressing a press conference here today, the BMC Commissioner said till a vaccine is out for COVID-19, people of Bhubaneswar will need to adhere to coronavirus-related safety guidelines. “More than 1,000 beds at COVID Care Centres (CCC) have been surrendered in the last 15 days, because the occupancy was almost 0, As per Government direction, the CCCs will be gradually shut down,” he said.
There are 18 private hospitals with more than 30-beds and 7 Government hospitals here which have been permitted to treat COVID patients. These facilities are divided into 3 groups, each headed by an Additional Commissioner of the BMC. “The occupancy of normal beds dedicated for COVID-19 is 30 per cent in Bhubaneswar. Besides, 100 to 150 beds are remaining safe with us every day for treatment of COVID patients,” he added.
Responding to a query on the status of Favipiravir, Chaudhary said it has been administered to 1,443 persons in Bhubaneswar so far. The drug is being given to around 30 to 50 persons on a daily basis.
Today, 219 persons suffering from novel Coronavirus infection have recovered in Bhubaneswar. With this, the total number of COVID recoveries in the city rose to 26,826. Among the new (110) cases, 33 are in quarantine while, the rest 77 are local contact cases in the city.
The details of the new cases of COVID-19 in Bhubaneswar are listed below: