Vikash Sharma

The Odisha pandemic scenario sounds worrisome. The State has now been listed in the top 10 high-burden states in the country. The Active case burden is measured high in Odisha.

As per the data today released by Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, with an active caseload of over 78k, Odisha has been listed as the eight-most active burdened state in the country. The troubling signs are Odisha has been ranked higher than other major hotspot states like Delhi and Rajasthan.

The high ranking of Odisha in the Third wave high-burdened states can be seen in the backdrop of the State witnessing a surge in the daily caseload since the last week of December 2021. Since Jan 12, the State has been reporting 10,000 plus daily Covid-19 cases.

The caseload trajectory is yet to exhibit a drop-down trend in the State. Odisha reported 10368 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours. The active Covid-19 caseload in the State has zoomed to 88,346 on Thursday.

However, in the ranking of high-burden states, Maharashtra sits at the top and is followed by states like Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, UP, and Gujarat.

In the briefing on the Third Wave surge in the country, the Union Health Secretary has outlined the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh as the 'States of Concern', where the Central health teams are monitoring the situation on the ground.

The country has detected 3,17,532 new cases in the last 24 hours. India’s Active caseload is presently at 19,24,051 which constitute 5.03 per cent of the country's total positive cases.

Meanwhile, the country's Omicron tally has risen to 9,287 as of date. The super mutant variant's numbers clocked a 3.63 per cent rise on Thursday vis-a-vis on Wednesday, the Health Ministry said today.

In the briefing today, the Union Health Secretary said the world is witnessing the fourth surge. Around 29 lakh cases were reported worldwide in the last week In the last four weeks, Europe has shown a decline in the cases (though it still reports maximum cases globally), but Asia is showing a galloping surge in cases during the last 4-weeks.

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