Daily Covid-19 Cases Jump 100 Mark, DHS Says ‘Slow Progress Not Alarming’

Bhubaneswar: Even as the daily Covid-19 cases crossed the three-figure mark in the State today after a gap of more than four months, the Director of Health Services (DHS) has termed the situation as ‘slow progress and not alarming’.

“The rise in infections is in slow progress and not alarming in our State,” said Dr Bijay Mohapatra, Director of Health Services.

There is a need to relook at the strategy to curb transmission, Dr Mohapatra added.

The Director of Health Services said, “We have seen infection rise and reach a peak before it plateaus and then dips. So since it is rising gradually we have to wait till it reaches its peak.”

Meanwhile, the State government has again appealed to the people to use masks and avoid visiting crowded places.

According to data shared by the Information & Public Relations Department, Odisha today,  113 fresh Covid-19 cases were reported in six districts of the State in the last 24 hours.

Khordha district registered the highest 65 Covid-19 cases followed by Cuttack which recorded 21 new cases. Sundergarh district recorded six new cases whereas Puri, Jajpur and Sambalpur witnessed 1, 2 and 4 cases respectively. There were 14 cases from State Pool. The people from other states residing in Odisha and testing positive are reported as Pool cases.

The daily infections jumped by 44 compared to 69 detected on Monday. Out of the total 113 cases, 67 are quarantine cases while the rest 46 are local contacts. Currently, there are 517 active cases in the state.

Till now, the State has recorded 12,89,441 confirmed cases, of which 12,79,745 patients have recovered and 9,126 succumbed to the virus. Another 53 Covid-19 patients have died due to other reasons, the Health department said.