Pradeep Pattanayak

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday chaired a meeting to review the Covid-19 situation in the State. 

Besides laying emphasis on administration of booster doses to frontline workers and senior citizens, the CM advised the rapid response teams (RRTs) and field staff to keep a track on the health condition of those patients who are in home quarantine. 

The Health department Additional Secretary, who attended the meeting, informed that the number of testing stands between 65,000 and 70,000. “Our positivity rate is 11.4 percent, which is below the national average. 

Director of Public Health Niranjan Mishra said the number of cases is decreasing. But it has not reached the base line. It seems we have already at the peak. But it is difficult to say anything about it as some other countries have experienced fourth and fifth waves. 

Notably, Odisha had reported over 7,000 daily cases on Wednesday. On Thursday, it registered 5,901. During the ongoing third wave, the State had registered the highest 11,607 fresh cases on January 19. And the number has since then showing a downward trend. On January 25, it was the lowest at 5,891.

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