A day after Odisha reported it’s first cases in Omicron, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday urged people to adhere strictly to the proper conduct of COVID-19 in order to overcome the new strain of coronavirus.
Patnaik via video message, said: ” Now COVID-19 new variant Omicron is spreading across the globe. Therefore, I appeal to people to remain alert and follow the norms like wearing masks, hand wash, maintaining social distancing and avoid crowd.”
Odisha on Tuesday reported two cases of Omicron diversity after tracking the genome of 12 COVID-19 patients who had recently returned from abroad.
Meanwhile, the state government on Wednesday convened a meeting of senior officials to discuss additional steps to be taken in light of the Omicron differences that have already entered Odisha. ” The meeting decided to increase surveillance and vaccination activities. The government will increase gene sequence testing, ” said Nirajan Mishra, director of public health services.
Health Services Director Bijay Mohapatra said the Central Government has written to all states and union territories advising the administrations to impose restrictions if the test positivity rate (TPR) crosses 10 per cent or occupancy of oxygen-supported ICU beds touches 40 per cent.
“Therefore, the people should adhere to COVID-19 appropriate behaviour. We should take every possible step to stop further transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that Omicron is three times more transmissible than the Delta variant.
Noting that the present situation shouldn’t be taken lightly, he said, people’s cooperation is essential to fight the danger from the Omicron. The Centre has suggested to states to formulate a strategy that can ensure infection is contained at the local level itself before it spreads to other parts of the state.
Meanwhile, Odisha recorded a slight rise in its daily COVID caseload on Wednesday as 183 more people tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours pushing the tally to 10,53,349. The state had reported 146 cases on Tuesday and 186 and 193 cases on Monday and Sunday respectively.