As at least 50 new cases are being added to the existing COVID cases every day in the state, the State Government estimates that the number of the corona cases in Odisha to rise 10,000 by end of June.
This was revealed by Health and family Welfare Department’s spokesperson Dr Jayant Panda as the total corona cases crossed 1100 mark.
Dr.Panda said the spike in COVID-19 cases was anticipated in view of the return of migrants from several hotspot States.
“There is nothing to panic despite the spurt in COVID-19 cases. This is because majority of the cases are reported from quarantine centres, containment zones and patients are being isolated after tests and it is not a sign of stage III,” Dr.Panda said.
In a way, Dr.Panda said, rise in the corona case, is beneficial as it will help herd immunity towards the virus in the community.
For herd immunity, two-thirds of people in a locality or area need to be exposed which is going to happen. The number of COVID-19 cases is likely to cross 10,000 by June, he said.
While Odisha reported 51 new cases on Thursday, 50 others were declared cured of the disease.
However, the State Thursday also reported death of a Surat returnee taking the total COVID fatality to 7 in the state.
Earlier six others, three from Khurda, 2 from Ganjam and one from Cuttack had died of the highly infectious disease.
Dr.Panda said the people having comorbidity and hypertension died in the diases.
Deaths due to COVID-19 are not a concern at present as the mortality rate is 0.46 per cent in the State against the national rate of 3.1 per cent.
The health experts now suggest people to learn to live with coronavirus as it will remain in the community like any other disease. However, one has to maintain proper hand hygiene, wearing masks and observing social distancing.