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Sharmili Mallick

With Odisha witnessing a downward trend in the daily count of Covid-19 infections since last week, the State’s Public Health Director, Dr Niranjan Mishra on Thursday said it seems like the State has touched the peak during the ongoing third wave of the pandemic.

Speaking to media, Mishra said, “The State is reporting around 5000-7000 new cases on a daily basis. The single-day cases and total active cases are in a declining trend."

“It seems, as of now, the State has touched the peak of the third wave but other countries have witnessed fourth and fifth waves too. So, exact prediction about the peak is difficult,” added the State Public Health Director.

Mishra further said, “As the transmissibility of Omicron is very high, it is difficult to exactly predict when will the cases rise and fall. Therefore, people need to be cautious. Unless the daily cases come to the baseline, we have to monitor the situation closely.”

Meanwhile, experts are also of the opinion the continuous drop in new cases during the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is the indication that the State has already hit the peak and the graph is in a plateau state at present.odi

Today, the State registered 5,901 infections and eight fatalities pushing the cumulative positive tally to 12,31,169 and the death toll to 8,550.

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