Mrunal Manmay Dash

The total number of active Covid-19-positive cases in Odisha rose to 13 after the detection of five more new cases of infection in the past 24 hours. It is pertinent to mention here that all 13 positive patients have been detected in the last nine days.

Informing the same, odisha Public Health Director said, "500 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, out of which five samples returned positive."

He also advised people to remain cautious during new year celebrations and keep distance from people with cough and cold. 

The Odisha government has already issued an advisory urging several categories of people to use facemasks while going out in view of the emergence of JN.1 variant of Covid-19 in several other States.

The Health and Family Welfare Department earlier informed that elderly people and those with co-morbidities have been advised to use facemask while going out. The information was shared by the Health and Family Welfare Department on its official X (formerly Twitter) handle.

In its tweet, the Health Department also advised elderly people and those with co-morbidities to avoid visiting crowded places as well.

With cases of new JN.1 variant of COVID-19 being reported in several other states in the country, concerns are being expressed over a spike in Covid cases. However, experts say that it is time to remain alert even though the cases with the new JN.1 variant is mild.

As of Thursday, the highest number of JN.1 Covid cases in India were reported from Kerala. Kerala, the first state to detect the Omicron subvariant, has a total of 78 cases JN.1 variant now.