Vikash Sharma

Amid the scare over the spurt in Covid-19 cases and the detection of new subvariant JN.1 in some states in the country, Odisha reported one Covid-19 positive case on Saturday.

As per official data, the Covid-19 positive case has been detected after a brief gap of 20 days. The last positive case of Covid-19 infection in the state was reported on December 3, 2023.

Health expert, Dr Surya Prakash Choudhry said, “People need to be cautious as usually there is detection of new Covid-19 variant during this part of season between December and January. It appears that next four to six weeks are crucial for everybody.” "Whenever any variant is reported, the infection usually peaks in several parts of the country, said Choudhry.

“Even though cases of infections might rise, there is no need to panic as all people are vaccinated. The data from Singapore and USA suggest that cases spike but the symptoms are mild. One new symptom is stomach-related disorder. People above 60 and above and other disease need to remain alert. We need to switch to the use of masks and follow appropriate Covid protocols as there is the possibility of restricting visiting crowded places during the festive season,” said Choudhry.

Choudhry further said that there might be no major peak or wave of Covid cases, the cases of infections are likely to increase in different parts of the country.

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