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Pradeep Singh

As the ongoing lockdown is going to end on June 1 (5 am), speculations are rife that the Odisha government will extend the restrictions to further tighten curbs on the COVID-19 spread in the State.

Odisha continues to record between 6000 and 11000 cases even during the lockdown and hence, health experts believe that the present situation is not conducive to relax the restrictions completely.  

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"If we look into the present Covid situation, it can't be said that the cases have fully increased or decreased," said Director of Capital Hospital, Laxmidhar Sahu.

He further said that a high-level meeting chaired by the Chief Minister in presence of top health experts and administrators may take a decision on the lockdown soon considering both lives and livelihood.

Some health experts are also of the view that the State government should extend the lockdown considering the test positivity rate (TPR).

The TRP dipped below14 per cent now and was hovering around 26 per cent at the time of the peak period in Odisha. This indicates that the infection has been gradually decreasing but the lockdown should be extended for two more weeks till June 15, said senior health expert, Dr Neeraj Mishra. 

"Later on if the TPR comes down to 5 per cent, restrictions can be eased in a phased manner. However, after two weeks, if the TRP falls to 5 per cent, the extension of lockdown may not be needed," said Mishra.

As per the WHO guidelines, restrictions should not be eased unless the TPR is below 5 per cent. Several other states with over the recommended TPR have already extended lockdown to contain COVID spread.

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