Bhubaneswar: Two more cases of new Omicron variant of Covid-19 was detected in Odisha Thursday, taking the Omicron cases tally to four, informed the Institute of Life Sciences (ILS) in Bhubaneswar.
“Surveillance and vaccination drive will be intensified in the state. We have been directed by government to step up the daily Covid tests to 70,000,” Health Director Bijaya Kumar Panigrahi said Thursday.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik urged the people of Odisha Wednesday to remain cautious and not to move out of their homes to curb any probable spread of new Omicron variant of Covid-19.
Patnaik’s message came close on the heels of two cases of Omicron being detected in the state after conducting genome sequencing of earlier collected samples of foreign returnees, which was confirmed Tuesday by the ILS.
“Each and every life is precious to me. The new Omicron variant has been spreading rapidly. Hence, we all have to stay alert and strictly follow Covid appropriate behaviour to reduce the chances of getting infected with the virus. Do not be careless, wear mask and maintain social distancing,” said the Chief Minister in his video message.
“The new variant of Covid-19 is spreading in several other countries. The transmission rate of Omicron is much higher than that of the Delta variant. Hence, it has become a major cause of concern for the World Health Organisation (WHO),” Patnaik further said in the message.
However, there is nothing to panic and Omicron variant can certainly be avoided, if people remain cautious from now onwards. The state government will be able to fight out an expected third wave of Covid-19 with everyone’s cooperation, the Chief Minister emphasised.