Bhubaneswar: At a time when Odisha is witnessing a sharp spike in COVID-19 cases, Institute of Life Sciences (ILS) Director Ajay Parida today said the situation might worsen and become like that of neighbouring Chhattisgarh state if people don’t adhere to safety protocols.
“The new strain of the virus is more contagious than the previous one. It is spreading rapidly which is a matter of concern. Currently, it is difficult to estimate as to when the spread of the virus will recede. We are examining the new strain,” said Parida.
“COVID-19 situation in Odisha might become similar to that of Chhattisgarh if people of our state keep violating the norms,” the ILS Director said.
COVID-19 cases are increasing in capital city Bhubaneswar due to influx of outsiders, he added.
The state has already imposed night curfew in Sundargarh, Bargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Balangir, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Malkangiri, Koraput and Nabarangpur districts to curb the transmission of the virus.