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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: At least three to four cases of COVID-19 reinfections have surfaced in Odisha, informed Institute of Life Sciences (ILS) director, Ajay Parida on Friday.

While speaking to reporters, Parida said, “We cannot rule out COVID-19 reinfections. I personally know three to four persons who have again tested positive for coronavirus after their recovery. But the proportion of such instances is very negligible and we will conduct a study whether it is the same strain of the virus or any other which is causing the reinfections.”

According to Parida, the samples of such cases will be again collected and analysed so as to ascertain whether there is some change in genetics or changes in their immunity level.

On reports regarding likely rise in daily caseload of COVID-19 in winter, ILS director stated that already the trend in Odisha is declining. Earlier, the State used to report around 4000-plus cases per day and it started showing a declining trend after September 25. The daily COVID-19 caseload has now come down to 1500.

“We were expecting that the COVID-19 caseload will go up during the festive season. But thankfully nothing such has happened as people have followed the guidelines issued by the Odisha government. However, as the experts have warned that the cases may go up during winter and we need to be extra cautious as there are chances that other respiratory diseases during winter,” said Parida.

Parida further stated that usually the winters in European countries and Delhi is harsh but in case of Odisha the situation is not that alarming as there is no considerable drop in minimum temperature here.

On a media query about COVID-19 second wave, ILS director stated everybody was expecting a second wave after the cases spiralled in Kerala soon after Onam festival. But no such trend was observed in Odisha as COVID-19 protocols were strictly followed during Durga Puja and people need to follow such guidelines in coming days.

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