With the festivals approaching, marketplaces across the State are getting crowded with which concerns over rapid Covid transmission is mounting.
Though the COVID situation in the state seems to be in control, the Capital City of Bhubaneswar still continues to top the infection list with around 200-300 cases registered every day.
State Health Director Bijoy Mohapatra said Bhubaneswar is witnessing daily infections between 200- 300. Though the R-value has slightly increased, the number of patients in hospitals is reducing. The number of patients on ventilators is below 10 percent of the total infected while children admitted to ICUs constitute less than one percent.
"Covid cases in Odisha are fluctuating and around 80 out of 100 cases are found to be asymptomatic. So, the situation in the State seems to be better," Mohapatra said.
However, he further stated that the situation could worsen during the festivities as people are thronging marketplaces.
"All need to remain aware and give priority to stop the transmission of Covid by following the rules strictly. The government is carrying our vaccination drive and also conducting surveillance to keep the virus at bay. We are also contact tracing and declaring containment zones upon detection of new cases. People need to be extremely cautious during this festivity time and prevent transmission," said Mohapatra.
Meanwhile, the chief of the Directorate of Medical Education and Training (DMET), CBK Mohanty said, "Right now, there is a battle between festivities and life. The pictures emerging from market areas are concerning, and, may seriously dent the fight against the pandemic. Festivals will again come next year, ensure you don’t lose precious lives."
Odisha on Monday registered 529 new COVID-19 cases of which the rate of infection among the children and adolescents in the age group of 0 to 18 years was recorded at 62. Of the total cases, Khordha registered the highest number of cases in the last 24 hours which accounts for almost 52 percent of the State's tally.
While Khordha topped the list with 274 cases, Cuttack registered 37 new cases followed by Mayurbhanj (23), Balasore (20), and Jajpur (15). Meanwhile, Puri registered 13 cases and Kendrapara and Sambalpur recorded 11 cases each. All other districts of the state registered less than 10 cases each.
Of the 529 cases in the State, 308 are from quarantine while 221 have been detected among local contacts.
Meanwhile, the State has witnessed 6 deaths in the last 24 hrs. The total positive cases in the state mounted to 10, 32, 673 while the total recovery stands at 10, 19, 218. The active cases stand at 5141.
At the same time, 14, 323 cases were recorded across India in the last 24 hrs with 181 deaths. Kerala topped the list by registering 6, 996 cases.