No Large Independence Day Gatherings: Centre Tells States

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A day after the state government allowed students to participate in the Independence Day parade, the center announced on Friday that states, including Odisha, that have reported high Covid cases should not have large gatherings for Independence day celebration.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has warned of the emergence of a sub-line of the Omicron subspecies behind the recent Covid surge and urged states to avoid large gatherings at ceremonies. The ministry also implemented ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaigns at prominent locations in each district, to maintain ‘Swachh’ through voluntary civic action.

Covid-19 cases in Odisha has fell from over 1,000 to under 500, surged as the state recorded 583 cases, up from 487 a few days earlier. The infection rates have slowed in Khurda and Cuttack, but are still rising in Sundargarh, where more than 100 cases continue to be reported per day. Up to 137 cases he recorded in Sundargarh, followed by 77 in Khurda, 40 in Mayurbhanj, 39 in Kalahandi, 36 in Balangir and 38 in Nuapada. The test positive rate (TPR) also rose slightly from 3% to 3.39% after the increase in cases. Boudh and Sonepur had the highest TPR at 17.9% each, followed by Kalahandi at 9.8% and Sundargarh at 8.3%. After 844 patients recovered, active cases totaled 3,563.