Covid cases witness a fall in last 5 days in Odisha, Govt to float global tender for vaccines

Bhubaneswar: After witnessing a spike of over 10,000 Covid cases every day since May 5 last, Odisha reported a dip in fresh infections with 9793 cases registered in the last 24 hours.
Official sources said there has been a decline in the new Covid cases after the imposition of a 14-day lockdown in the state from May 5 last.
From a record 12238 Covid positive cases reported in the state on May six last, the daily cases have come down to below 10,000 today.
Health and Family Welfare department sources said in the past 24 hours 9793 new cases including 5534 from the quarantine centres and 4259 local contact cases were reported from 30 districts.
As many as 27 districts have registered more than 100 Covid cases, of which 12 districts have reported over 300 cases in the past 24 hours.
Only two districts Khordha (1511) and Sundargarh (1018) have more than a thousand cases and remained on the top of the district tally followed by Cuttack ( 642) and Angul (526), Jharsuguda(404) and Nuapada( 401).
During the past 24 hours, 18 covid patients have succumbed to the virus taking the total fatalities in the state to 2215.
While the Angul district accounted for four deaths, Khordha reported three deaths and two each passed away in Sundargarh, Rayagada and Kalahandi districts and one each died in five other districts.
The Covid tally in the state has surged to 5,54,666 of which 4,57,569 have already been recovered from the infection, 9706 of them cured on Monday.
There has been a steady rise in the recovery cases in the state since May 1 with 5634 people recovered on May one to 9706 on May 10 last.
Sources said while over a lakh positive cases have so far been reported in the state in May ,71,819 have recovered. Covid 19 has claimed 161 lives during the last ten days.
Meanwhile, in a major decision on Monday the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has decided to float a global tender to procure Covid vaccines from major international companies to tide over the vaccine crisis and expedite the vaccination programme in the State.
What has worried the experts in the state is the detection of black fungus in one of the Covid patients in the state from the Jajpur district.
The 71-year-old with diabetes has tested covid positive on April 20.
He was in home isolation and developed swelling in the eyes and blackish discharge from the nose.
The patient, official sources said, has been admitted to a private hospital and the health officials are keeping a close watch and monitoring his health condition.