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Even as improvement has been seen in fight against Covid-19 in Odisha which is also seen doing better than national averages in all indicators, there is no room for complacency and at no point of time lowering guards would be tolerated, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while taking a review of the Covid situation in the state.Mr.Patnaik told officials that new cases are on the decline in many parts of the state and in Khordha, Cuttack and Puri districts where infection was at alarming proportion, significant improvement has been observed there. However, keeping in view the ensuing festive and winter season, all should be on their toes in ensuring strict implementation of the Covid guidelines in the state, he said while stressing the importance of massive awareness campaign in the state.
Citing the example of Kerala where things were completely under control before the Onam festival and now the state records more than 10 percent of country’s positive cases, Mr.Patnaik said similar situation is there in European countries where the second wave has come with dangerous proportions. Lowering the guards can allow things go haywire, he cautioned while asking officials to remain focused on carrying out awareness campaign and ensuring implementation of Covid guidelines rather strictly.
He also laid special emphasis on carrying forward the economic activities in the state. In spite of global slowdown, Odisha has emerged as  a preferred destination of investors, he pointed out while asking officials to provide all assistance to these investments, may those be in big industries or in MSME sector. He also told officials to ensure that the gains of these investments must reach the people of the state.
Neglecting economic activities in all sectors including industry, mining, construction and transportation will not be tolerated, Mr.Patnaik said while making it categorical that exemplary action will be taken if anyone found not showing sincerity in ensuring this.  Mr.Patnaik told officials to be more vigilant about the livelihood programs like MGNREGA, Mission Shakti and Livelihood Mission in the state. Taking part in the deliberations, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy said the infection rate in the state is  on the wane and this has helped easing out pressure on hospitals. While antiviral tablet Favipiravir is showing significant results in treatment of infected patients in the state, there has been widespread acceptability of its use, he said adding that steps are being taken to ensure availability of test reports faster than what it is now. ACS Health & Family Welfare, PK Mohapatra informed that infection rate is going down in Cuttack, Khordha and Puri. With recovery rate of 91 percent, Odisha figures in the list of top five states in the country, he said. While there are 25,428 active cases in the state at the moment, 19,131 are in home isolation, he informed. The state is in a very comfortable position as far as beds, ICUs and ventilators in Covid hospitals are concerned, he said. Informing that Sero survey has restarted in Bhubaneswar from today, Mr.Mohapatra said that 20-40 percent beds are found vacant in ICUs and there is no shortage of oxygen in the state.
Secretary to CM, VK Pandian who moderated the program said keeping in view the ensuing winter and festive season, enough precaution should be taken to stop the virus spreading further. 

Even as improvement has been seen in fight against Covid-19 in Odisha which is also seen doing better than national averages in all indicators, there is no room for complacency and at no point of time lowering guards would be tolerated, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while taking a review of the Covid situation in the state.Mr.Patnaik told officials that new cases are on the decline in many parts of the state and in Khordha, Cuttack and Puri districts where infection was at alarming proportion, significant improvement has been observed there. However, keeping in view the ensuing festive and winter season, all should be on their toes in ensuring strict implementation of the Covid guidelines in the state, he said while stressing the importance of massive awareness campaign in the state.
Citing the example of Kerala where things were completely under control before the Onam festival and now the state records more than 10 percent of country’s positive cases, Mr.Patnaik said similar situation is there in European countries where the second wave has come with dangerous proportions. Lowering the guards can allow things go haywire, he cautioned while asking officials to remain focused on carrying out awareness campaign and ensuring implementation of Covid guidelines rather strictly.
He also laid special emphasis on carrying forward the economic activities in the state. In spite of global slowdown, Odisha has emerged as  a preferred destination of investors, he pointed out while asking officials to provide all assistance to these investments, may those be in big industries or in MSME sector. He also told officials to ensure that the gains of these investments must reach the people of the state.
Neglecting economic activities in all sectors including industry, mining, construction and transportation will not be tolerated, Mr.Patnaik said while making it categorical that exemplary action will be taken if anyone found not showing sincerity in ensuring this.  Mr.Patnaik told officials to be more vigilant about the livelihood programs like MGNREGA, Mission Shakti and Livelihood Mission in the state. Taking part in the deliberations, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy said the infection rate in the state is  on the wane and this has helped easing out pressure on hospitals. While antiviral tablet Favipiravir is showing significant results in treatment of infected patients in the state, there has been widespread acceptability of its use, he said adding that steps are being taken to ensure availability of test reports faster than what it is now. ACS Health & Family Welfare, PK Mohapatra informed that infection rate is going down in Cuttack, Khordha and Puri. With recovery rate of 91 percent, Odisha figures in the list of top five states in the country, he said. While there are 25,428 active cases in the state at the moment, 19,131 are in home isolation, he informed. The state is in a very comfortable position as far as beds, ICUs and ventilators in Covid hospitals are concerned, he said. Informing that Sero survey has restarted in Bhubaneswar from today, Mr.Mohapatra said that 20-40 percent beds are found vacant in ICUs and there is no shortage of oxygen in the state.
Secretary to CM, VK Pandian who moderated the program said keeping in view the ensuing winter and festive season, enough precaution should be taken to stop the virus spreading further. 

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