As Odisha battles a new wave of the COVID pandemic, the State Special Relief Commissioner on Wednesday issued a slew of new guidelines for strict adherence by public during observance/celebration of religious festivals/ festivities/ functions/ rituals.
Meanwhile, the Omicron infection tally reached 3,007 across the nation, said the Health Ministry.
The Odisha government on Wednesday announced a slew of new restrictions with a view to control the rapid surge in Covid cases, especially the highly-infectious Omicron variant of the virus, in the State.
The Omicron variant, harbouring up to 36 mutations in spike protein, is known to evade vaccine efficacy.
While the scare of a possible third wave is looming over schools across the State, the number of positivity has witnessed a spike recently; especially in the residential institutions and hostels.
He also emphasised on door-to-door vaccination drive and directed to ensure that everyone adheres to the COVID guidelines released by the government. Mahapatra also ordered to take the violators into tasks and take stern action against them.
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With a decline in the Covid-19 infection graph in Odisha, health officials in the State said the situation is gradually improving in the Twin Cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.
The bench remarked, "We passed the order a long time back. We have already extended the time once. By the time you frame the guidelines, the third wave will also be over."
Covid infections have surged to a mean of 540,000 per day, and a mean of just about 70,000 weekly deaths, the WHO stated this week.
"The Covid rumour waves started as early as the third week of January and the second rumour surfaced in the month of February. There has been confusion around, and all forms of media are pumping the information but all are not credible."
Children below 18 years are likely to be affected more during the possible third wave as predicted by public health experts and the State Government is fully ready to tackle the situation
Director of Directorate of Medical Education and Training (DMET) Dr. CBK Mohanty cautioned people to be alert and adhere to the Covid guidelines strictly to avoid the third wave of Covid-19
According to a survey, more than 70 per cent of parents in the country still do not want to send their ward to school. These parents say that schools should not be opened till the coronavirus situation in their areas is completely under control.
"We need to continuously strengthen our efforts to test, trace and isolate. Societal interventions such as physical distancing, hand hygiene and proper wearing of masks need to be stringently implemented."
VK Paul noted that India took 141 days to reach 23 crore mark in terms of cumulative doses administered, which remains the second highest in the world after the US, which did in 134 days.
If a third wave of Covid pandemic breaks out, it might still be as severe as the second wave as it will not only hit the children but others as well, the Director of Institute of Life Sciences in Bhubaneswar Ajay Parida informed today.