Sharmili Mallick

A day after Central Government warned that the next few months will be crucial for India amid the emerging strains of the Covid-19 virus and the upcoming festival season, the Odisha government too cautioned the people of the State to stay alert for the next three months in order to prevent the transmission of the virus.

Speaking to media persons, Director of State Health Services, Bijay Mohapatra said October, November and December are crucial and people should avoid crowded places and unnecessary travel during this period.

“The next three months are very important for us. People should avoid congregation in these three months. December is a month with many holidays and people visit several destinations during this period. But, they should avoid travels and mostly remain at home,” advised Mohapatra.

“As told by the Central Government yesterday, we have effectively managed to control the second wave at many States but there are still many places where the wave is still continuing. If people do not stay vigilant, positive cases will increase further,” the health official said.

Briefing on the Covid-19 situation in the Capital city, the Health Services Director said, “The rate of infection in Bhubaneswar has always been a cause for concern. Every day, 200 to 400 infections are being detected in the Capital City. The Covid graph in the city is fluctuating and not decreasing, most importantly. Therefore, people should strictly adhere to Covid appropriate behaviour in order to prevent the transmission of the virus,” added Mohapatra.

Meanwhile, the Covid graph seems to be fluctuating in Odisha with the State reporting 524 positive cases, including 75 cases in the age group between 0 and 18 and four deaths due to the virus on Friday. With this, the positive tally rose to 10,29,994 while the death toll touched 8,238.

Among the 524 positive cases, 306 are from quarantine and 218 are from local contact cases. The total number of active cases in the State stood at 5,111 while 10,17,116 have so far recovered from the disease.

Similarly, the State had reported 582 positive cases and seven deaths on Thursday, 593 cases and four death on Wednesday, 453 positives and three deaths on Tuesday, respectively.