COVID 4th wave scare: Odisha Collectors asked to prepare new strategies

Mask-wearing norm is still in force in the state: Odisha Health Services Director

Bhubaneswar: In view of the rise in COVID cases in Delhi and few other states hinting towards a possible fourth wave, all district Collectors have been asked to prepare new strategies, if required, to prevent similar situation in Odisha, informed Health Services Director Bijay Mohapatra.

Speaking to mediapersons, the senior health official said rise in cases in the national capital and few other states has become a cause of concern. However, the situation is stable here with the number of daily cases hovering between 10 and 20.

“The situation will remain under control, if people follow  COVID Appropriate Behaviour. Mask-wearing norm is still in force in the state. People are advised to wear mask in public places,” he added.

Besides, the state Health and Family Welfare Department (H&FW) has kept a close watch on the situation and decision on preventive measures will be taken after reviewing the situation in coming days, Mohapatra stated.

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On the apprehensions of COVID fourth wave, the official said the current trend cannot be termed as the fourth wave. As per World Health Organisation (WHO), there is no evidence of increased severity of the disease at this time, he added.

COVID-19 Vaccination In-Charge  Bijay Panigrahi said as the number of COVID cases has declined, many people in the state are having a casual attitude for taking precautionary dose.

While it was targeted to administer the precautionary dose to 59.42 lakh by this time, only 10.19 lakh (17%) have received the third dose so far, he informed.

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