Latest Update: Odisha Announces Partial Unlock, Check Details
As the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic continues to show a declining trend across the country, several states including Delhi and Maharashtra have started easing the strict lockdown restrictions which were imposed to check the spread of the infection.
In the meantime, the Odisha government has also hinted at easing the restrictions as the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) continues to decline in the State.
It may be noted that the lockdown which has been imposed in the State in three phases from May 5, will end on June 17 i.e. tomorrow at 5 am.
Speaking to mediaperson, the Director of Public Health, Niranjan Mishra said, "The Covid-19 infection has came down in Odisha. The number of daily positive cases are below 100 in 20 districts. The daily infections in some districts are still high but it will decline soon."
"The positivity rate has also drastically come down. The death toll in the State is much lower than the national death rate. The State government will come up with a decision on lockdown likely by the evening," said Mishra while hinting at the announcement of a major decision by the State Government on easing the curbs.
Speaking on the unlock process in the State, DMET (Directorate of Medical Education and Training) Chief, CBK Mohanty said all the collected data has been surveyed and accordingly decision on lockdown and unlock in several places of the State will be taken.
"As the State has started auditing the pending cases, the Covid-19 fatalities have comparatively risen. Otherwise, deaths have also fallen sharply like the positive cases," claimed Mohanty.
"Even if the government relaxes lockdown norms, the behaviour of people is the most important factor during unlock period. People should strictly abide by Covid appropriate behaviour or else we will have to face a third wave in the coming days," added the DMET Director.
Meanwhile, Chief Secretary Suresh Mahapatra is likely to make an important announcement at 1.30 pm today.