Odisha Channel Bureau
Bhubaneswar: The COVID-19 caseload in Odisha’s capital city of Bhubaneswar is steadily striding towards the peak with 36% positive cases of the total count diagnosed in the current month.
The sourcing of whopping 56% virus infections from outside the quarantine centres in September provides ample indication of rapid spike of the contagion, fuelling scare of the community transmission of the pandemic in the city.
The capital city, home to more than a million of people, managed to go green and had become coronavirus-free on May 18 after it had recorded Odisha’s first COVID-19 case on March 15.
Despite the launch of well-orchestrated strategy and aggressive containment measures, the COVID-19 graph has been on a sharp upswing since then with the much-hyped containment mechanism failing to deliver the goods.
Meanwhile, Bhubaneswar on Sunday recorded yet another single day steep spike of novel coronavirus infections with as many as 395 positive cases with the city’s caseload breaching 16,000-mark to reach at 16,240, said Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials.
Apart from the steep spike of infection, the detection of 70% cases from local contacts was the disturbing feature of the day. Of the fresh infections, 279 were local contact infections while the remaining 182 cases were sourced from quarantine centres.
In the current month, as many as 5,868 infections have been detected in the past ten days at a daily average testing of 451 positive cases and spike of nearly 36% in the current month.
Of the total tally of positive cases, 4,735 are active cases while 11,430 have recovered from the contagion till date. 62 patients from the city have succumbed to infections with the city’s fatality rate standing lowly at 0.38%.
Bhubaneswar has reported a recovery rate of 70.38% with 604 patients getting cured of the disease on Sunday.