COVID-19 positivity rate declining in Odisha: ACS Health

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Bhubaneswar: The COVID-19 positivity rate in the state has come down to 14 percent and is expected to decrease further, informed Additional Chief Secretary (Health), Pradipta Mohapatra while addressing the state in a televised briefing.

Mohapatra said: “Odisha reported highest ever 12,852 cases on May 22. The positivity rate in the State has come down to 14 percent and we hope the positivity rate will decrease further.”

As many as nine districts- Khordha, Cuttack, Angul, Sundargarh, Puri, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bargarh and Puri account 60 percent of the State’s total COVID-19 caseload. However, positivity rate is declining in 19 districts and it is below 5 percent in 5 districts, the Health ACS further informed.

Mohapatra said that Odisha has played a key role in supplying medical oxygen to other States during Covid times. “We have supplied 25,000 tonnes of the life-saving gas to 18 States so far,” he said.

The Odisha Health Dept ACS Pradipta Mohapatra also urged the citizens to follow COVID appropriate behaviour during the ensuing festivals like Raja, Sabitri Osha, etc. He said that all should make it a habit of wearing mask while stepping out of their houses in order to keep COVID-19 infection at bay.

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