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  • ILS director cautioned that people of all age groups including children may get affected in the possible third wave of the pandemic.

  • However, there is no conclusive information from any national and international bodies over the possibility of a third wave, he said.

  • The genome sequencing of the Covid virus is being carried out at 28 laboratories across the country which can ascertain the nature of the strain and its consequences

Bhubaneswar: The viral load in current Covid 19 infection cases has decreased substantially than the earlier ones, said Director of Institute of Life Science (ILS), Ajay Parida.

“As per the latest survey, the CT value in the Covid-19 RT-PCR test had earlier stood at 14-15 per cent, which has gone up to 28 per cent now,” Parida added.

He however, cautioned that people of all age groups including children may get affected in the possible third wave of the pandemic.

The new variants not only infect youths and elderly people but children could also be the vicitms.

However, there is no conclusive information from any national and international bodies over the possibility of a third wave, he said.

Parida said another wave of the pandemic is dependent on the Covid restrictions, human behaviour, vaccination and mutation of the virus. The virus continues to mutate and the mutation is an ongoing process, he added.

The genome sequencing of the Covid virus is being carried out at 28 laboratories across the country which can ascertain the nature of the strain and its consequences, the ILS director maintained.

The daily positive cases have come down to below 5,000 now. The lockdown restrictions have been eased in phased manner in other States. If people cooperate with government guidelines, more restrictions may not be required any more, Parida pointed out.

Speaking on the lockdown imposed by the government, he said that restrictions have resulted in a positive outcome, given the current Covid caseload.
"People should follow the government guidelines failing which the infection may bounce back once again," he warned.

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