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Sharmili Mallick

With the Covid-19 situation reportedly improving in many states, including Delhi and Maharashtra, the respective governments have started contemplating easing curbs.

In Odisha too, the daily positive cases have considerably come down in the last seven days.

However, the State’s Health department today maintained that despite the downward trend in the number of positive cases, the infection is yet to see a complete decline.

Responding to media queries about the possibilities of easing the curbs, Director, Public Health, Niranjan Mishra said, “The Covid-19 daily infection graph is falling. But, it has not come down completely. Let’s wait for some more days.”

Mishra said the decision on curbs or relaxations is taken keeping in mind the pandemic situation in the State. “We take several parameters into account. Omicron is highly transmissible and it can’t be exactly predicted when the cases will suddenly start rising.

Therefore, we need to wait for some more days until the graph comes down completely,” further added Mishra.

“The mass vaccination drive in the State proved successful as it helped in averting severity during the third wave. Therefore, those who have not taken vaccines are advised to get the shots at the earliest. The beneficiaries of the precautionary dose, including frontline, health workers and people above 60 years with co-morbidities are also requested to receive the shot as quickly as possible,” appealed Mishra.

Asked on the administration of the precaution dose in the State, Mishra said, “The administration of precautionary dose is underway. The district administrations have been directed to provide data on the beneficiaries of the precautionary dose. Only after obtaining the data, the eligible people will be inoculated.

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