Omicron Odisha:: One more new case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 had been detected in the state, the Institute of Life Sciences in Bhubaneswar said on Wednesday.
The infected person is a resident of the Keonjhar district and had returned from Dubai on December 16.
As per the officials, he had tested positive with Coronavirus after his arrival to Odisha from Kolkata on a train. He was in isolation at his house. Then, his samples were sent for genome sequencing which confirmed he was infected with Omicron.
His parents and family members were tested for Covid-19 twice after he was tested positive. However, they were found negative both times. The health condition of the returnee is stated to be stable.
The Institute of Life Sciences in its statement said that the presence of the virus’s Omicron variant was confirmed in the one people after genome sequencing.
This brings the overall number of Omicron in Odisha to nine. Odisha Health Director Bijay Panigrah announced today that the state’s monitoring and immunization campaigns will be stepped up.
“We’ve been told to increase the daily COVID tests to 70,000,” Panigrah said. On Wednesday, it was reported that Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik urged the people of the state to adhere to COVID guidelines. “The Omicron variant of Covid-19 is causing an increase in infections. “We must remain vigilant since the new strain is rapidly spreading,” Patnaik warned.
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.
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 the infection is contained at the local level itself before it spreads to other parts of the state.
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