The State Government is planning to begin an unlock process in the districts which are reporting low test positivity rates (TPRs), said Director of Health Services Dr Bijay Mohapatra on Saturday.
In the wake of the second Covid wave, the Government had imposed lockdown from May 5 to 14, which was first extended up to June 1 and subsequently to June 17.
With a steady fall in the Covid-19 infection cases during past several days, the Government has started planning for a phased unlock.
Dr Mohapatra told the media, “The districts have been divided into three zones based on their TPRs. One zone is having TPR above 10 per cent, another 5-10 per cent while the third zone is having TPR less than 5 per cent.”
The lockdown restrictions are likely to be relaxed in the districts having less than 5-per cent infection rate while the restrictions would continue in the districts with 10-per cent or more rate of infection, he said. Necessary action would be taken for the districts having TPR of 5 to 10 per cent, he said.
Dr Mohapatra said a meeting of top health officials would be held soon to decide on the unlock process after June 17.
The numbers of active cases have drastically fallen in western and southern districts. But northern districts Mayurbhanj and Baleswar and costal Khordha, Cuttack, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Jajpur are showing a rising number of cases.
In the past one week, nine districts, Ganjam, Subarnapur, Kandhamal, Deogarh, Bargarh, Gajapati, Sambalpur and Balangir, reported TPR of less than five per cent.
As many as 13 districts, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Khordha, Baleswar, Cuttack, Puri, Dhenkanal, Kendrapada, Mayurbhanj, Angul, Sundargarh, Nayagarh and Jagatsinghpur, have reported a TPR of above 10 per cent during past week.
The TRP was 5 to 10 per cent in the districts of Rayagada, Boudh, Nabarangpur, Koraput, Malkangiri, Keonjhar, Kalahandi, Jharsuguda and Nuapada.
While Bhadrak district reported the highest TPR of 28.39 per cent during the week, Ganjam reported the lowest of 2.6 per cent.
Commenting on the increasing trend of Covid fatalities during past few days in the State, Dr Mohapatra said 62-per cent patients are still in the ICUs and on ventilator support. Their health status would decide the fatality graph in the near future.