Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Odisha on Sunday reported 1058 new Covid cases but the detection of infection in as many as 138 children has emerged as a serious concern ahead of the possible third wave of the pandemic.

As per the data shared by the State Health Department, the virus cases in children less than 18 years of age accounted for more than 13 per cent of the total cases on August 14, 2021.

However, Odisha Health Director Bijay Mohapatra has assured that there is no need to press the panic button.

"The Health Department is keeping a strong vigil on available data to analyse the prevalence of positivity among the children. Considering the number of cases in a single day, we cannot conclude that the infection rate in kids has increased. The government can only ascertain about the situation after studying data of past few days," said Mohapatra.

"Health centers across Odisha have been instructed to undertake tests of all the symptomatic children. The positivity rate of the infected kids will be revealed in accordance with the number of tests," said the top health official.

Mohapatra added that the State Government has started full preparations to deal with any kind of eventualities due to the third wave of Covid-19.
As per I&PR department, of the 1058 new Covid-19 cases detected today, 616 were reported from quarantine centres while 442 are from local transmission.

The highest of 376 Covid-19 cases were reported from Khordha, followed by 162 in Cuttack. The Covid-19 tally in Odisha reached 9,94,565 on Sunday.

(Edited by Suryakant Jena)