Bhubaneswar: Institute Of Life Sciences (ILS) Director Ajay Kumar Parida today said that three to four cases of novel Coronavirus reinfection have surfaced in Odisha. These cases are being investigated at the ILS, to ascertain why the reinfection occurred after recovery from COVID-19.
At present Odisha is witnessing a downward trend in terms of new cases. Due to public cooperation and awareness, the COVID-19 numbers could be controlled during the Puja season, he said. “We have come across three to four cases of reinfection, which is why people need to be very careful. We cannot be complacent because of the reducing numbers,” said Parida.
In the month of September Odisha was at the peak registering 4,000+ cases of COVID-19 positives daily. Post September 25, the cases have come down and at present the State is recording around 1,500 cases everyday. Bhubaneswar is also seeing around 100 cases a day, which is a downward trend for the Capital City which was once a COVID hotspot in Odisha.
“But the winter season can act as a trigger because people are vulnerable to respiratory diseases at this time. So, it is a period we need to be very watchful and stick to COVID regulations like masks and social distancing,” Parida added. He cautioned that there is a strong possibility of a second COVID-19 wave in Odisha during winter and therefore people have to be on alert.