Vikash Sharma

Even as the Covid-19 cases are rising in Odisha, there is nothing to worry about it as the infection rate is stable, said Public Health director Niranjan Mishra on Monday.

According to Mishra, 102 new Covid-19 cases were reported from different parts of the state on Monday. At present, there are 629 active Covid-19 cases in Odisha and most of the positive patients have minor symptoms. Out of the total active cases, only 12 patients are undergoing treatment at various hospitals, said Mishra.

He informed that a massive mock drill is being conducted at all hospitals across Odisha to assess preparedness. Every aspect, including drugs, logistic support, equipment required for Covid treatment is being checked under the supervision of district Collectors and they will soon upload the data on website, Mishra stated.

On reports of rising Covid cases in different parts of the country and whether masks will be made mandatory in Odisha like other states, Mishra said that as of now the situation is under control here.

“We are following the basic rule of testing, tracking and treatment. Those who get symptoms should get tested and follow the necessary home isolation guidelines and seek immediate consultation if condition worsens,” said Mishra.

The senior health official further stated that as of now it seems to be a small Covid wave that is being seen in some states. However, it is difficult to say how long it will last and its severity.

“It is observed that the symptoms are minor in the cases being detected now. Due to vaccination and herd immunity, it is not leading to severity. However, people with comorbidity need to remain alert and follow necessary protocols,” Mishra added.

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