“Covid situation stable in Odisha, but mask mandate not lifted yet” Says State Health Services Director

by Dikhyaa Mohanty

Even as there is a rise in Covid-19 infections in Delhi and some other places, the current trend cannot be termed as the fourth wave of the pandemic, as informed by Bijay Mohapatra, State Health Services Director.

Bijay Mohapatra, State Health Services Director, stated that the situation in Delhi and other states may be concerning but in Odisha, it is stable right now as the daily rate of infections in the State is hovering around 10 to 20. The situation will remain under control if everybody follows the Covid safety rules.

“Odisha has not lifted the rules of mandatory wearing of masks. All are advised to wear masks to keep the virus at bay. Two days back, the IIT model suggested that the recent rise in cases is a sporadic hike. It may not precipitate a fourth wave. Thus, there is no threat of the fourth wave as of now. However, despite the fewer number of cases, we must continue with our surveillance,” Mohapatra said.

Speaking on the rise in cases in Delhi and some other places, Mohapatra said the World Health Organization (WHO) has said that there is no clarity on the recent surge, transmissibility and severity as of now.

He further added that the health department has kept a close vigil on the situation and the District Collectors have been asked to implement new strategy as per requirement.


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