Bhubaneswar: The second wave of COVID-19 in Odisha is likely to peak somewhere between April last week and May first week, cautioned Directorate of Medical Education & Training (DMET) Director CBK Mohanty today.
However, the state Government is fully prepared to tackle any eventuality, he added.
Briefing on storage of medical oxygen, Mohanty said there is sufficient amount of oxygen in the state. The quantity of oxygen currently stored in the state is higher than the state required during the peak time in the first phase. Fortunately, various agencies at both Government and private levels are producing oxygen in the state, he added.
“Besides, the state has sufficient beds and ICUs available in hospitals. Of the 71 COVID hospitals in the state, 31 are currently functional. Only 26% of general beds, 14.18% of ICUs and 10 % of ventilators are currently occupied,” the health official informed.
It is pertinent to mention here that Odisha had reported the highest 4356 cases during the peak time in the first wave of the pandemic. In the second wave, the state that has been witnessing a sudden and steep rise in cases since March last week, recoded 4851 new cases today .