Test positivity shoots over 16 per cent in Odisha

By Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR:  As the second wave of COVID-19 sweeps by the nation, Odisha too is starting to enter the explosive part with take a look at positivity charge (TPR) taking pictures over 16 per cent (laptop) on Saturday. 

The State reported 6,647 new instances pushing the full confirmed instances over 4 lakh. Eight extra succumbed to the illness through the interval. The tally soared to 4,01,341 with lively instances surpassing final peak depend of 39,184 and stood at 43,304.

The day by day caseload remained above 6,000 for the third consecutive day with Khurda contributing a bulk of the brand new infections and registering greater than 1,000 instances for the second time this week.

The TPR in 11 districts continues to be alarming. Nuapada has the very best positivity charge of 39.7 laptop adopted by 38 laptop in Kalahandi, 36.4 laptop in Sambalpur, 30 laptop in Sundargarh, 29.5 laptop in Bargarh, 23.4 laptop every in Puri and Angul, 23 laptop in Khurda, 20 laptop every in Jharsuguda and Nabarangpur and 16.7 laptop in Keonjhar. 

The State is steadily catching up the nationwide pattern because the TPR has gone from one laptop to over 16 laptop in lower than a month.

However, what’s much more worrying is that the State continued to check much less regardless of a fast rise in take a look at positivity, which is a worst potential state of affairs from an epidemiological perspective. 

The variety of assessments stays in sub-40,000 vary towards 50,000 to 60,000 assessments a day when the day by day depend was 3,000 to 4,000 with a TPR of six laptop to 7.5 laptop through the first wave.

Surprisingly, the variety of assessments and the share of RT-PCR are much less in the districts having highest TPR. Since it’s troublesome to say the precise standing of an infection in the hotspot districts with much less variety of assessments, well being specialists stated the State can go for aggressive fast antigen assessments in the clusters and micro containment zones if it lacks required facility to abruptly ramp up RT-PCR assessments.

“Early identification and isolation of positive cases are as important as making facilities available for treatment. Now every fever with sore throat will have to be treated as Covid until it is proved otherwise. The next 15 days to one month is very crucial. We have to strictly follow the standardised protocol and there is no place of complacency,” stated Additional Professor (Community Medicine) of AIIMS Dr Binod Kumar Patro.

Director of Medical Education and Training Prof CBK Mohanty stated regardless of the surge in western Odisha districts and Khurda, the State is best positioned as in comparison with different states in phrases of therapy services and mattress occupancy.

“The growth of infection in 10 districts bordering Chhattisgarh is like the worst-hit states. We hope it will gradually improve and the curve starts plateauing soon. Now the focus is on preventing the spread of infection in the northern part of the State,” he added.


Puri: The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) on Saturday determined to shut the Srimandir for public darshan until May 15 in face of a vicious surge of COVID in the State. However, rituals of the deities will likely be carried out as ordinary in the shrine. The closure of the shrine is aimed toward defending the servitors, stated Chief (*16*) Dr Krishan Kumar 

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