Bhubaneswar: There is no way the people of Odisha can be complacent about Covid pandemic even though the State’s recovery count crossed 2.5 lakh-mark, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today.
During a weekly review meeting on Covid management through video conference Patnaik said due to hard work and joint efforts of doctors, health workers, police, administration and Covid warriors, there has been significant decline in new positive cases. But still anyone cannot take the Covid situation easily. The number of testing in the State crossed 40 lakh so far, the CM added.
He asked the administration to ensure Covid guidelines are adhered to during the ensuing Puja festivities, adding that public awareness about the pandemic must be created without any lackadaisical attitude.
The Chief Minister emphasised on the need to take special care of Covid patients with co-morbid conditions.
Also, the Chief Minister stressed on economic activities while safeguarding the interests of economically weaker sections.
Development Commissioner Suresh Mohapatra, who was present in the meeting, said the number of patients in five districts, namely Khordha, Cuttack, Sundargarh, Mayurbhanj and Angul is over 1,000 whereas there has been a considerable decline in the number of patients in other districts.
Among others, PK Mohapatra, Additional Chief Secretary, H&FW; DGP Abhay; 5- T Secretary VK Pandian and senior officials were present during the review meeting.