”The number of testing had fallen during the cyclone and the Covid positivity rate had also declined. The declining trend persists even as the number of testing has risen now. The State’s positivity rate stood at 14% on Sunday,” informed Mohapatra.
He said the Covid positive cases had reached peak in Odisha on May 22 with the highest number of 12,851 cases that day. The number of peak positives in the second wave was four-fold of first wave’s peak number, he said.
Mohapatra said the second wave peak number of Covid cases in the country was registered at 4. Lakh on May against the first wave’s peak figure of 97, 000 recorded on September 16, 2020.
He said the positivity rate is on the decline in 19 districts now. Decrease in positive cases in bordering districts of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand has also helped Odisha to get a declining trend. Borders of neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal are still sealed, he said.
Informing that experts have foreseen a third wave of the virus, the ACS said Odisha is all prepared to face the same and urged people to wear mask and maintain social distancing always.
Mohapatra informed that 98% of health workers have already been vaccinated against Covid and all citizens above 18 years of age will be vaccinated gradually.