Berhampur, Sept 8 (LocalWire): In a big relief for the residents of Silk City, the number of new COVID-19 cases in the city fell to a single digit on Tuesday for the first time after over two months.
Out of the total 69 cases detected on Tuesday in Ganjam, also lowest in over two months, only four of these were found to be in the Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC) area.
Out of the four new cases, two persons have been infected due to being in active contact with previously positive persons, while the other two were identified as COVID warriors, sources said.
On Monday, as many as 16 COVID-19 positive cases were detected in the city.
Once identified as a COVID hot-spot of the state, when the no. of cases in the city were remaining in three-digit figures during mid-July, the city has managed to bring down its COVID tally to single-digit figure per day due to the combined efforts of officers and the co-operation of the city residents, said BeMC commissioner Chakravarti Singh Rathore.
The highest number of positive cases detected in a single day stood at 181, on July 22.
He said that aggressive health screening, testing of samples, contact tracing and isolation strategy are some of the majors adopted by the administration to arrest the spread of the killer virus.
At the same time, the civic authorities have also taken up the micro containment strategy for contact tracing and sealed the city border.
Thick population (around 5 lakh), crowd in bazaar areas, unnecessary visits of rural people to the city regularly as well as housing patterns are some of the causes for the spread of the coronavirus rapidly in Berhampur, experts said.
Since Berhampur is the main wholesale market and medical hub of the southern Odisha, several people from different areas had visited daily, which was one of the reasons for the spread of the positive cases, he said.
Besides, the flow of people from Andhra Pradesh and vice versa, when regular trains were passing through Berhampur station, was also another cause of the spread of the virus, he added.
In order to make Berhampur as free from COVID-19 as possible, the commissioner said that the cooperation of the people was essential.