Speaking about the declining trend in Covid-19 infections in the State, Director of Health Services Dr Bijay Mohapatra on Tuesday said the test positivity rate in Odisha is reducing day by day and if the trend continues, the State will reach the acceptable positivity rate within seven to eight days.
As per Mohapatra, the acceptable positivity rate in the State is less than 5 percent.
"The test positivity rate (TPR) is declining by 0.5 to 1 percent and if graph continues to fall, the State will reach the acceptable positivity rate within the coming seven to eight days," said Mohapatra.
It may be noted here that the TPR remained below 10 percent for a third straight day on Tuesday. The State recorded 5,896 new cases and 45 deaths today.
In the past 24 hours, Odisha conducted 68,896 tests while the TPR stood at 6.7 percent.
However, there is no let up in the number of fatalities due to Coronavirus infection.
On this, the Health Services Director said, "Many serious patients are undergoing treatment in ICUs and many are in ventilator support which means they are suffering from multiple organ dysfunction. The possibility of recovery of these patients is very low. Therefore, the death rate will be high in the State," Mohapatra stated.
Around 63 percent patients are in ICU and 62 percent under ventilator support in Odisha while general beds are vacant, informed the Director.
Speaking about the revised guidelines issued by the Centre for nationwide vaccination programme that is to be implemented from June 21, Mohapatra said, "The State had administered the highest 2.80 lakh doses of vaccines in a day. We have adequate infrastructure and manpower to carry out the vaccination drive. However, the inoculation drive in the State will depend on the availability of vaccines and new guidelines to administer the doses."
On the efficacy of the two Covid-19 vaccines- Covishield and Covaxin, he said that all the vaccines are equally potent.
(Edited By Mrunal Manmay Dash)