Cassian Baliarsingh

Odisha on Friday reported as many as 17 new Covid-19 cases. It is after almost a gap of three to four months that the state reported Covid positive cases in double digits.

Following the detection of 17 new Covid positive cases, the total Covid-19-positive tally in the state now stands at 73, informed Odisha Public Health Director, Niranjan Mishra today.

One of the patients is currently undergoing treatment at the hospital. The health department asked people not to panic or spread fear among others as they have tested 5,647 samples have been tested in the last 24 hours.

Niranjan Mishra said, “Not only Odisha but there is also a rise in Covid-19 cases across India. Especially states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Rajasthan, and many others have reported a spike in covid-19 cases.”

“We have directed all the districts to increase Covid-19 tests and spread awareness. People, who show symptoms of influenza or cold, cough and fever, should immediately get themselves tested.”

“We tested 5,647 samples yesterday and there is nothing to panic about. Compared to other states in the country, the overall situation in Odisha is good. We are also doing more tests. Districts are trying to increase the number of tests, but the situation is under control now.”

“There is no cluster outbreak now. Things will be out of control if there is a cluster outbreak in some village or someplace in Odisha. Moreover, 17 of those who tested positive are doing fine while only one of them is currently undergoing treatment at the hospital,” he added.

He urged people to follow the necessary Covid-19 protocols like wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, washing hands, and not spitting anywhere.