Bhubaneswar, Jun 06 : Odisha today registered the highest ever spike in covid cases as 173 positive cases were detected during the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 2781. Health and family Welfare department sources said 173 covid positive cases were reported from 14 districts and 150 of them were reported from the quarantine centres while the rest 23 are local cases.
A maximum of 64 cases were reported form Ganjam district,a major hot spot for covid followed by 19 in Jajpur ,also another hot spot, 13 each from Cuttack and Mayurbhanj districts, eleven each from Bolangir and Balasore and ten from Gajapati district. The other seven districts however, reported single digit covid cases. The state has so far reported 1604 cases cured from the Covid 19 and 1167 active cases being treated in various Covid hospitals. So far only eight have died of covid 19 in the state and two others due to other ailment,official sources said. Ganjam district has topped the list with 597 covid positive cases followed by Jajpur (312),Khordha(226),Balasore(190), Cuttack(167), Kendrapara(163),Bhadrak (140),Bolangir (116),Puri (100), Jagatsinghpur (87).
All these eleven districts are considered as more prone to covid cases .These eleven districts together accounted for 80 per cent of the total positive cases in the state. Considering the gravity of the situation in these eleven districts, the state has announced weekend shutdowns on Saturdays and Sundays in these eleven districts which began today.
However,some movements like movement in case of medical or other emergency, ATMs, Operations of Airports, Railway Stations and Bus Terminals have been exempted from restriction. Chief minister Naveen Patnaik, taking to the tweeter said “Relaxation in #lockdown is meant for livelihood. But it is important for us to remain cautious so that the relaxation does not endanger our life”. Mr.Patnaik through a video address has appealed to the people of the State to adhere to the guidelines of lockdown and shutdown. He described June as very crucial in the context of COVID-19 and said with return of about 5 Lakh migrants and advent of monsoon, our success against COVID-19 shall depend on management of the coming 25 days. Senior BJP leader and Leader of Opposition in Odisha Assembly Pradeepta Kumar Nayak has urged the state government to extend the institutional quarantine period in the rural areas to 14 days keeping in view the rising covid cases among the migrants . The state government had reduced the institutional quarantine period from 14 days to seven days for those having asymptomatic of Covid 19 and subsequent seven days home quarantine. Mr Nayak said home quarantine for the migrant workers will further aggravate the covid situation in the rural areas as a majority of them have to stay with their family members in one room house with no separate toilet endangering the spread of covid cases.
He further said since the incubation period of Covid 19 virus is two weeks, the state government should extend the institutional quarantine in rural areas to 14 days to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Meanwhile ,all the teams ofNDRF, ODRAF and Fire service personnels who have been deployed in West Bengal for restoration work in the cyclone Amphan ravaged areas, have been put on 14 days quarantine on their return from West Bengal yesterday. The State Government on Friday withdrew additional responsibilities entrusted to seven IAS officers for COVID-19 management. Principal Secretary, Water Resources department Surendra Kumar, has been relieved of the additional responsibility as Nodal Officer for supply and movement of essential commodities, according to an office order of the General Administration and Public Grievance department. The additional responsibility of Vishal Kumar Dev, Secretary, Sports and Youth Services as OSD to Chief Secretary and Special Secretary, Health and Family Welfare has also been withdrawn. The other IAS officers who are in charge of Covid management in various other sectors, also relieved of their responsibility. The state government also yesterday removed senior IAS officer Hemant Kumar Sharma, heading the purchasing committee constituted to oversee the purchase of Covid-19 kits after several media reports surfaced claiming irregularities and corruption in purchase of Covid kits. The Opposition Congress and BJP have also come down on the Naveen Patnaik government for large scale irregularities and corruption in the procurement of covid kits and demanded a high level inquiry, preferably either a judicial probe or CBI inquiry into the covid kits scam. (UNI)