Naveen Patnaik’s house district Ganjam initially in Odisha to tape-record 10,000 COVID-19 cases


By: PTI|Berhampur (odisha) |

Published: August 1, 2020 11: 22: 24 am

Naveen Patnaik's home district Ganjam first in Odisha to record 10,000 COVID-19 cases Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s house district Ganjam ended up being the very first in the state to record over 10,000 cases of COVID-19, besides reporting 94 deaths, an authorities said on Friday. (File picture)

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik‘s house district Ganjam became the first in the state to record over 10,000 cases of COVID-19, besides reporting 94 deaths, an official said on Friday.

Following the detection of 368 new cases, the districts’ tally increased to 10,364 Even more, four patients died during the day, he said.

Though Odisha’s first COVID-19 case was spotted on March 15, Ganjam stayed a green zone till the arrival of migrant employees, mostly from Surat in Gujarat.

The district reported its first COVID-19 case on May 2 with 2 people who returned from Surat testing positive.

About 3 lakh migrant workers have returned to the district, officials said.

Following the detection of the first case, the district’s COVID-19 daily increase continued to increase, barring a day or more.

The district’s tally breached the 1,000- mark on June 24 and it took ten days to breach the 2,000- mark on July 4.

It passed by the 5,000- mark on July 18 and it took another one week to reach 8,000- mark on July25 The district’s caseload reached 9,000 on July 27.

The caseload rose due to the boost of the tests based upon door-to-door monitoring, said Ganjam District Magistrate V A Kulanhe

The daily-rise in favorable cases, however, is showing a downward pattern over the last few days, he said.

After the city areas, huge health surveillance is at present going on in the rural areas, he added.

The return of the migrant employees to the district accelerated the increase in cases, but lowering the institutional quarantine period to 7 days from 14 and gross offense of house quarantine standards fuelled the dive, said Narayan Mishra, a retired physician of the MKCG Medical College here.

There are 2,922 active cases in the district at present, while 7,342 individuals have recovered from the disease up until now.

We have to wait on some more days to know the pattern of the district, Mishra stated.

Subash Chandra Sahu, another medical professional, stated the administration should reveal the variety of samples being tested every day to understand the specific trend of the district.

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