Rashmi Ranjan

Even though Odisha is reporting 10,000 to 11,000 daily Covid-19 infections, the hospitalisation rate and requirement of oxygen for patients are comparatively less during the ongoing third wave of pandemic, said Odisha Health Services Director Bijay Mohapatra on Tuesday.

Speaking to media, Mohapatra said, “At present, general bed occupancy is 9%, ICU 15%, ventilator 5-6%, while pediatrics admission is very less. However, it is difficult to predict now if Covid-19 cases will rise or drop in near future.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said there is no problem in capping home isolation period to five days, considering several aspects. However, we need to stay in home isolation for seven days at least, the top health official said.

Asked about the vaccination for 12-14 age group, he said, “We have not received any guidelines from the Central government so far. We will launch the inoculation drive for the age group once we get go ahead from the Centre.”

Mohapatra also urged the people not to consume antibiotics for common flu, rather consult doctors before taking any medicine.

Notably, Odisha on Tuesday reported 11,086 new Covid-19 cases with Khordha district alone accounting for over 30% of the fresh positives today. The new cases have pushed the Covid-19 positive tally to 11, 55,487 and 5,965 fresh recoveries taking the cumulative recovered cases to 10, 66,032.

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