December 27, 2021
India is getting into the Omicron zone. The positive cases are on high rise for covid for many states including Maharastra and Delhi. Not only Omicron but there is also increase in other variant of COVID cases as well. Therefore, India might be going into the third wave of COVID.
Thereforem we are witnessing that many states have started night curfews and are banning celebrations like Christmas and New Year. States like Delhi, Maharastra, UP and Madhya Pradesh have imposed night curfew. Potential full lockdown of the state might also arise in the future. However, Odisha is still safe in compare to other states.
Today, Odisha has reported 123 new COVID cases. There are total 8 Omicron cases detected in Odisha. Odisha now has 1572 active cases. The state registered a TPR of 0.22 per cent on Monday with 123 more cases being detected in the last 24 hours. Currently, night curfew is being enforced in all urban areas from 10 pm to 5 am.
Thereby, if proper precautions are taken, Odisha might be able to get away with the third wave of COVID without any proper full state lockdown. Briefing the media in Bhubaneswar, Public Health Director Dr Niranjan Mishra said that the situation in Odisha is better in comparison to other states. “Night curfew or lockdown is clamped taking into account several factors, including overall infection rate, test positivity rate (TPR), total active cases, daily infection rate and hospitalisation rate,” he said.
However, the government has banned parties like the Zero Night celebration, Welcome to New Year in hotels, clubs, restaurants, parks, convention halls and Kalyan Mandaps have been completely banned across the state. A recent order said that there will be no celebration other than marriage (but not receptions and ancillary functions) and community feasts, social gatherings, rallies, orchestras, dances and other cultural programmes will not be permitted. Funeral rites will be allowed with strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.
Story By- Saayak Karmakar, Resident Editor, Interview Times
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