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Daily Covid cases cross 10,000 in Odisha

Entry of the public to the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation office restricted after 22 employees test positive
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Our Special Correspondent   |   Bhubaneswar   |   Published 14.01.22, 12:14 AM

The daily Covid caseload on Thursday breached the 10,000-mark in Odisha. Out of the 10,059 cases reported in the state, 3,188 are from Khurda district. The state now has 44,349 active cases.

Health service director Bijay Mohapatra said: “The daily Covid cases in Odisha are likely to cross the second wave peak in the next few days. But the hospitalisation rate is quite low compared to last year. The general bed occupancy is 6.51 per cent and 12.51 per cent of ICU beds are filled.”


Odisha had logged the highest single day spike of 12,390 Covid cases in May, 2021.

The All Indian Institute of Medical Science AIIMS (Bhubaneswar) experts also said that hospitalisation was less this time compared to past. The good news is that the hospitalisation of patients is quite less compared to last year. We have enough vacant beds to accommodate patients,” a senior AIIMS official told The Telegraph.

Meanwhile, AIIMS Bhubaneswar has urged people not to come to hospital and take the help of the AIIMS Bhubaneswar Swasthya App and Telemedicine (whatsapp call ) services.

Incidentally, as many as 20 doctors and a number of medical staff of Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) at Burla have been found Covid positive. Similarly, 30 students of Fakir Mohan Medical 
College and Hospital in Balasore district have tested Covid positive.

With the number of cases rising, the entry of the public to the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation office was 
restricted on Thursday after 22 of its employees tested positive.

With the caseload increasing every day, the state government has banned the celebration of Makar Sankranti and Pongal on Friday.

“The restriction has been imposed to avoid congregations of the people at the river bank, ghats, ponds, sea shore and near other water bodies for bathing on the occasion of Makar Sankranti and Pongal. People can celebrate Makar Sankranti in their respective houses,” said the office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC). 

All the temples across the state will remain closed on Friday to avoid the congregation of devotees. As Makar Sankranti is one of the biggest festivals in southern Odisha, the district collector has banned the entry of the public to the sea beaches.

“In order to avoid large gatherings during the upcoming festivals and to ensure Covid-19 protocol, all sea beaches in Ganjam such as Gopalpur, Sonapur and other major water bodies shall remain closed for the public from January 13-17, 2022,” tweeted Ganjam collector.

What would remain a major challenge for the Odisha government is the upcoming five-phase panchayat election that would start from February 16. 

Though the State Election Commission has already banned public rallies, it has allowed door-to-door campaigns with a maximum of five people. “A candidate can undertake door-to-door campaign with a maximum of four supporters, even the victory procession has been banned. Only two persons will be allowed to accompany the winning candidate,” said officials of the SRC.

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