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Second wave of COVID-19 in Odisha is likely to peak somewhere between April last week and May first week

Bhubaneswar: 21/4/21: The second wave of COVID-19 in Odisha is likely to peak somewhere between April last week and May first week, cautioned  Directorate of Medical Education & Training (DMET)  Director CBK Mohanty today.

However, the state government is fully prepared to tackle any eventuality, he added.

Briefing on the storage of medical oxygen, Mohanty said there is a sufficient amount of oxygen in the state.  The quantity of oxygen currently stored in the state is higher than the state required during the peak time in the first phase.  Fortunately,  various agencies at both Government and private levels are producing oxygen in the state, he added.

“Besides, the state has sufficient beds and ICUs available in hospitals. Of the 71 COVID hospitals in the state, 31 are currently functional. Only 26% of general beds, 14.18% of ICUs and 10 % of ventilators are currently occupied,” the health official informed.

It is pertinent to mention here that Odisha had reported the highest 4356 cases during the peak time in the first wave of the pandemic. In the second wave, the state that has been witnessing a sudden and steep rise in cases since March last week, recoded 4851 new cases today .

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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