Odisha imposes restrictions on religious rituals and bans gatherings on river banks

The Odisha government on Wednesday banned congregations on the banks of the river as the state recorded 67 new cases of Omicron, the highest to date. The government has also banned licensed melas.

He said religious rituals will be allowed with a minimum of priests or staff. “If necessary, appropriate restrictions can be imposed on the entry of worshippers,” he said, adding that officials can decide on the number of people to attend such a ritual.

Meanwhile, the Institute of Life Sciences (ILS) in Bhubaneswar has notified the state Department of Health and Family Welfare of the detection of the new cases of Omicron after the genome sequencing of the samples. .

ILS is the only lab in the state where a genome sequencing facility is available, he said. Preliminary report received from ILS, Bhubaneswar said most new cases of Omicron are local contacts with no foreign travel history and the variant has started to spread in the locality, it said. -he declares.

Director of Public Health Niranjan Mishra said the state purchased a kit specifically designed for Omicron’s rapid tests because genome sequencing requires more time for detection. The state has so far reported the death of one woman infected with Omicron and the recovery of five other patients from the variant.

Odisha had reported its first case of Omicron on December 21 and the tally reached 170 in 23 days. As of Wednesday, the nationwide tally of the Omicron variant of COVID stands at 4,868, according to the Union Health Ministry.

Odisha’s number of COVID-19 cases rose to 10,91,547 after 8,778 new infections were reported on Wednesday, about 24 percent higher than the previous day. The state’s positivity rate also jumped to 11.77% from 10.25% on Tuesday.

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Ruth R. Culp