With threat of a third wave of Covid infections looming in Odisha and the present scare of the pandemic still far from over, the chief of the Directorate of Medical Education & Training today turned down the possibility of a complete unlock process in Odisha as single-day Covid infections in some districts is showing no sign of abatement
Just a day before the Covid restriction guidelines implemented from July 16 end in the State, DMET director Dr CBK Mohanty has said that, “The time for a complete unlock process has not yet emerged in the State. People should not be allowed to roam scot-free. No one wants complete relaxation in the State now. Guidelines for August will be announced tomorrow,” Mohanty said.
The situation is Cuttack and Bhubaneswar is stable now. The daily infection was earlier hovering around 500. Now, it has come down to 400, he said.
“Be it 02% or 01% TPR, we must remain prepared for possible next wave. We should get relaxed as the Test Positivity rate (TPR) is decreasing. But, it doesn’t mean that we should lower our guards. If we do that, we are indirectly inviting a third wave of the pandemic,” the health official pointed out.
Health expert Niroj Mishra, however, is in the favour of certain relaxations in unlock guidelines for the interest of livelihood.
"Night curfew should remain in force. But, weekend shutdown should be lifted in view of livelihood," he added.
Mishra stressed on micro containment measures in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar to arrest the single-day Covid cases in the twin city.
"It is now seen that a family gets infected if only one of the members test positive. In this case, the entire family's surrounding should be tagged micro-containment zone. This measure may help reduce the number of cases," he added.
If government allows re-opening of malls, people having double dose of Covid vaccines should be permitted to resume their businesses. But food courts inside the malls should not be permitted to function, he said.
Odisha today reported a slight dip in daily infections with recording 1558 new cases across the State. Khurdha continues to remain on top with 479 cases followed by Cuttack registering 241 cases.
Similarly, the State recorded 66 fresh fatalities due to Covid 19 taking the toll to 5834 in the State.