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Bhubaneswar one of the best protected cities, says BMC Commissioner

Bhubaneswar: In terms of the prevalence of antibody to COVID-19 in different parts of the country, Bhubaneswar is one of the best protected capital cities so far, said Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary on Saturday.

The sero surveillance conducted last month in Bhubaneswar showed the antibody prevalence in Bhubaneswar is at 1.24%, he informed, adding that the city is less affected by COVID-19 so far. There was 31% antibody prevalence in Berhampur, 55% in Pune, 40% in Mumbai, 20% in Ahmedabad, around 20-50% in Jodhpur, Punjab and Amritsar and 29% in Delhi, according to the report.

However, the infection rate is increasing due to unlocking and inflow of people from other states for different purposes. The current situation in Bhubaneswar is almost at its peak. “If we manage the situation well, the graph will come down like other cities. At least one month we have to behave properly,” said the BMC Commissioner.

“As per our projection, there will be 3,429 active cases in BMC area by August 31 and the number will go up to around 5,000 till September 15,” said Chaudhary.

There are 4,151 beds at Covid hospital, CCH and DCH in BMC area. While 38% beds have been occupied by COVID-19 patients from BMC area, 21% beds are being utilised by people from non-BMC area.

So far, 40% beds are still lying vacant in the city. “We are in a very comfortable position from this point of view,” he said.

Till now, a total of 6,722 positive cases have been detected in BMC area. The number of active cases stands at 2,618. As many as 675 are in home isolation in the city. Data shows 33 COVID-19 patients have died of the disease.

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