With Odisha already witnessing a steady rise in the number of Covid-19 infection among children, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday made a fervent appeal to the citizens to follow Covid appropriate behaviour.
In a video address that followed the inauguration of the ECMO facility at SCB, Patnaik said, “The memory of the second wave is very painful. Lockdown restrictions have been relaxed but the Covid threat is far from being over.”
The people of the State needs to be extra cautious to combat the possible third wave of Covid-19, said Patnaik.
Citing experts who predicted that children will be infected more in the third wave of the pandemic, Patnaik said, “To protect our children, we need to strictly follow the Covid-19 norms. I appeal people to wear masks, maintain proper hand hygiene routine and practice social distancing. Stay safe and keep children protected.”
It is pertinent to mention that the overall Covid-19 graph is on a declining trend in the last couple of days in Odisha.
However, there has been a rise in infection among children as, on an average, 100 new Covid-19 cases are being reported in the age group of 0 to 18 years on a daily basis. Of the total 816 new Covid-19 cases reported from different parts of the State in the last 24 hours, 106 were children in the age group of 0 to 18.
As per I &PR department, of the total 816 fresh Covid-19 cases, Khordha district reported a maximum of 291 cases, followed by 116 in Cuttack district and 46 from Balasore district.