R-Value of 0.90 means that every 100 infected people will infect 90 other people on an average. If the R-value is less than 1, it would mean that the number of newly infected people will be less than the number of people infected earlier.
“The R-Value in Odisha is less than other States in the country. R value has reached 1 in some States, but it has remained less than 1 in Odisha. When it goes above 1, infection rises,” said Prof Mohanty.
Stating that R-Value is reflected in community infection, Prof Mohanty said the study is still on as to how it is reflected in the community. R-Value was above 6 in China during the first wave of the Covid19 infection. India is yet to have R-Value above 1, he said.
“More infections are reported when R-Value becomes more. But it is not that all will be infected. Covid-19 appropriate behaviour need to be strictly followed to avert infection,” advised Prof Mohanty.