Next Few Weeks Critical, COVID Appropriate Behaviour Indispensable, Says Chief Secretary

Bhubaneswar: The next couple of weeks will be very critical in view of controlling the third wave of COVID in Odisha, Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra said today.

In a message to the people, Mahapatra urged one and all to comply with the advise of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik pertaining to following COVID guidelines. He said, “We must avoid crowds and use masks mandatorily and properly while going out.”

Around 2 per cent require hospitalisation while in second and first wave 10-12% were hospitalised. Similarly, the ICU and oxygen requirement is also comparatively less. However, the elderly people, children and pregnant women need utmost care, said Mahapatra.

“Only 10% hospital beds are occupied, but that does not warrant any form of laxity. Odisha is reporting 10,000+ cases over the last 7 days. The numbers will go up if we do not adhere to COVID appropriate behaviour,” the Chief Secretary added.

Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, Chief Secretary, Odisha