The R-value (reproductive number of coronavirus cases) in Odisha is currently below one percent which is well envisaged from the current status of Covid 19 graph which continues to witness a downward trend.
DMET (Directorate of Medical Education and Training) Director Dr CBK Mohanty said some states in the country are still witnessing more than one percent R-value while states like Odisha continue to report a dip in daily cases which showed the R-value running below one per cent.
"There is no need to panic now. The infection depends on the reflection of R-value in the community. A Covid survivor who has already received the double doses of the vaccine is less prone to re-infection," Mohanty clarified.
Speaking on the rising trend of the Covid related deaths, the top health official said that daily fatalities were not based on the report of a particular day.
"The fatality report currently published on the dashboard is all audited old records. The previous backlog on the deaths is being cleared now, which will end in the next 10-15 days. Thereafter, the number of fatalities will decrease," he claimed.
Notably, Odisha on Monday reported 67 new deaths due to Covid-19 infection taking the death toll to 6,033.
The DMET chief further said that restrictions have been eased in the districts having double digit figure of Covid daily cases.
"Strict restrictions have been put in place in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and Puri due to triple digit daily infections. Fortunately, the daily infection has come down to double digits in Puri today which is a good sign," he added.
The Government is taking decisions keeping livelihood and infection in mind. Livelihood cannot be squeezed, he added.
Speaking on the emergence of new variants in other States, Mohanty said mutation of the virus depends largely on the obeying of Covid behaviour. However, the movement of infection has slowed down in Odisha, he added.
The senior health official also clarified on the status of dengue in the State. He said all preventive measures have been taken by the government to arrest the spread of the vector-borne disease.
"There is demand of beds for both covid and dengue patients in hospitals. We will have to manage with the existing infrastructure. If required, the number of beds may be raised at hospitals," he pointed out.
Notably, the daily covid infection has dipped further in the State with 1,032 fresh cases having been reported from across 30 districts in last 24 hours. The active cases in the State stand at 15,050.