Festive season ahead, negligence could lead to Kerala-like situation: Odisha CM

Experts claim that the COVID-19 outbreak will become worst during the coming winter months, the CM cautions. 

Bhubaneswar: Even as state like Kerala, which had once controlled  COVID-19 in an effective manner, has registered a three fold rise in single-day positive cases post its popular festival Onam, people of Odisha should remain cautious and follow the guidelines during the upcoming festivals to avert similar situation in the state, cautioned Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today.

Addressing to the people of the state through a video message, the CM urged all the people of the state not to crowd public places during Durga Puja and Diwali and celebrate the festivals with their family members by staying indoors. Carelessness and disobedience to the guidelines during the festive season will lead to further spread of the virus, he cautioned.

Experts claim that the COVID-19 outbreak will become worst during the coming winter months, he added.

“The number of positive cases in Odisha has dropped in the last 15 days. The single-day tally which was over 4,000 on September 26 has now come down to below 2000. The positivity rate has also declined and will further fall in coming days,” Patnaik said.

“However, the character profile of Coronavirus is very critical. Hence we have to remain cautious till the vaccine and medicine come for treatment of the disease,” he added.
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