Omicron Odisha: Twenty three more new cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 had been detected in the state taking the total number of cases to 37, the Institute of Life Sciences in Bhubaneswar said on Sunday.
According to official reports, 11 of them are returnees from Finland, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Syria, 10 are local cases, and the remaining two are contacts of Finland returnees.
The state today registered a spike in Covid-19 cases, as 424 people, including 67 children below 18 years of age, tested positive for the virus during the last 24 hours. The daily Covid-19 cases were reported to be 298 on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the state government on Sunday temporarily suspended the reopening of schools for physical classes from classes 1 to 5, which was scheduled to begin from January 3.
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This brings the overall number of Omicron in Odisha to 37. Odisha Health Director Bijay Panigrah announced today that the state’s monitoring and immunization campaigns will be stepped up.
The minister also recommended people wear masks and wash their hands frequently. “Unnecessary travel should be avoided wherever possible. In the past, we received sufficient public backing to deal with any emergency crisis. “With everyone’s help, we can and will battle this wave,” the CM said.
“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.
Meanwhile, the Omicron infections tally has climbed at 1,700 across the nation, of which 320 patients have been discharged from hospitals.
With Covid cases rising, containment zones increased and state governments considered new curbs, even while instances of serious disease remained low. Delhi recorded 3,194 cases, while Mumbai saw 8,063 new Covid-19 cases. A total of 3,194 new cases were recorded in Kolkata on Sunday, accounting for nearly half of the statewide count. But like in Delhi and Mumbai, hospitals remained low in the city.
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