The likelihood of a third wave of COVID19 infection in Odisha has put everyone on high alert. The government is prepping up to tackle the consequences of the probable surge of COVID infections. Meanwhile, the threat is looming over children below 18 years old as the category still remains unvaccinated. In the meantime, after the detection of COVID19 virus among school children in Dhenkanal and Bargarh, the authorities have initiated efforts to research.
As per reports, as many as 32 school students from two schools in Bargarh and Dhenkanal were detected with COVID. Following the detection of the cases, the Chief District Medical Officers (CDMOs) of both the districts have launched an action plan for contact tracing of the infected.
Informing about the development, Mass Education Minister, Samir Dash said the investigation is on to find how the school students got infected. After tracking down the exact cause of COVID contraction and the current situation, necessary steps will be taken immediately.
"After receiving the reports, we have launched a probe into the matter. We are in touch with the CDMOs and we will take immediate action as necessary. We are following the COVID guidelines strictly and if required, we will close the schools where cases have been detected," said Dash.
Further, the minister stated that if necessary, schools reopened after a long gap may again be shut to ensure the safety of children and prevent COVID spread. However, necessary steps can be taken only after receiving the reports of the CDMOs.
On the other hand, infection among children below 18 years old has reduced on September 7 in comparison to the previous day’s figures. In the last 24 hrs, as many as 93 positive cases have been detected in the category of under 18 years.
On the other hand, in the last 24 hrs, Odisha has recorded 638 COVID positive cases. Khordha has reported the highest number of cases at 245 followed by Cuttack (66), Jagatsinghpur (22), Angul (17), Sundargarh (15), and Keonjhar (14). With this, the cumulative number of COVID cases in the State has reached 10, 12, 805. Meanwhile, the State recorded 7 more fatalities, taking the total number of deaths in the State to 8, 062. Two death cases have been reported from Khordha, Cuttack and Angul each while Puri has recorded one fatality in the last 24 hours.