He once again urged people to follow all Covid guidelines always and get vaccinated against the virus. He said the Covid variant B1.617.2 has infected 60% of positives in India. As such, the same percentage of patients is also infected with the variant in Odisha now. He said the B1.717.1 variant seen during the first wave of the virus has become ineffective.
The scientist said the second wave was at peak between May 15 and 25. The test positivity rate (TPR) has been on the decline since May 25. Now, the TPR is seen on flattening mode in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Dhenkanal but on the decline in all places. There will be a remarkable downslide in the TPR in coming 10 to 15 days, he asserted.
Regarding deaths, Dr Parida said the fatality rate in Odisha is lower than many other States even as the number of deaths is rising daily. “Covid patients having other diseases are succumbing. Another reason is that some patients don’t get samples tested on time and come to hospitals when they become critical,” pointed out Dr Parid.
He urged people to get sample tested whenever they feel Covid symptoms in them and consult with doctors for treatment.