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‘House-to-house survey led to spike in COVID-19 cases in Odisha, nothing to worry much’

Bhubaneswar: Even as Odisha is witnessing a massive surge in COVID-19 cases, the state is well prepared as it is now chasing the coronavirus from house-to house. Additional Chief Secretary (Health Department), Pradipta Mohapatra on Thhursday assured the people that there is no need to panic even though COVID-19 cases are increasing.
“The surge in positive cases is due to house-to-house survey by our health workers. We are chasing the virus so as to identify, isolate and test symptomatic persons. This is the reason for the spurt in COVID-19 cases,” said Mohapatra.
Mohapatra further stated that Odisha government’s stand is clear and we want to ensure that not a single symptomatic case goes undetected.
Sharing details of the COVID-19 situation, Mohapatra said that Odisha is placed in a good position as the recovery rate in the State is among highest in the country. Similarly, the COVID-19 fatality rate is 0.54 per cent against the national average of 2.5 per cent, he added.
“As far as the issue of revamping testing is concerned, Odisha will start RT-PCR tests in six new places soon. There is adequate stock of essential medicines including Remdesivir and Hydroxychloroquine and over 3 lakh antigen kits are available in Odisha,” said Mohapatra.
“At present, there is 37.27 per cent occupancy of beds in all the COVID hospitals and COVID Care Centres in the State. Anticipating further surge in COVID-19 cases in August, advance planning has been done for next two months. Besides, the district Collectors have been asked to prepare a 6-month vision document to deal with the COVID-19 situation till December 2020,” Mohapatra added.
Citing that over 70 per cent cases are asymptomatic, Mohapatra urged that in a bid to reduce the burden on COVID hospitals, we urge asymptomatic people with adequate facilities to undergo home isolation both in urban and rural areas.
At present, 103 asymptomatic cases in Bhubaneswar are under home isolation, he said.
Mohapatra further informed that the State is now extensively relying on plasma therapy owing to the success rate in the past several days and will soon set up a plasma banks in MKCG hospital in Berhampur and Capital hospital in Bhubaneswar.

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