‘No sign of an impending 3rd wave’

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‘No sign of an impending 3rd wave’

Tuesday, 27 July 2021 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR

While speculations are rife about the possibility of a third Covid-19 wave, there is no sign of an impending crisis in the country yet, said State Director of Medical Education and Training (DMET) Dr CBK Mohanty here on Monday.

“The possibility of a third wave is lurking. But its timing and impact cannot be predicted now,” said he.

Speaking about the single-day Covid caseloads in Odisha, which is now between 1,600 and 2,000, he said a similar trend is also seen in some other States.

“Even as the TPR (test positivity rate) is still higher in a few districts of Odisha, it has declined significantly as compared to previous days,” Dr Mohanty said.

On the increasing number of daily Covid deaths in the State, he said, “As per the World Health Organisation (WHO), treatment should be given the top priority and the number of deaths is counted at the end of the pandemic. Different States, including Odisha, have also adopted this method.”

He said that the State Government may start an unlocking process after reviewing the existing situation.

“We will oversee the present Covid situation from all angles. A decision will be taken keeping in view the infection rate, patients’ number and observance of Covid-19 guidelines by people,” Dr Mohanty stated.

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