Since the State is behind the national average in second dose vaccination, it has been decided to prioritise the drive through special campaigns.
All activities such as social, religious, political, sports gatherings, exhibitions and trade fairs have been allowed in compliance to Covid protocols.
Exams of other semesters at the UG and PG level may also be conducted at an appropriate time keeping in mind the UG, PG final year and semester exams in the 2022-23 academic year
The move comes days after the Centre’s directive to the states to ease additional Covid-19 curbs.
All schools, colleges, ITIs, polytechnics, professional colleges and universities will reopen in the state. Classes from Standard I to Standard VII will, however, reopen from February 14.
The Special Relief Commissioner has also allowed functioning of government, autonomous and private offices with 100 per cent staff
As many as 9,833 fresh cases were reported from the State in the last 24 hours taking the tally to 11,87,295 and the cases dropped from 11,607 on January 18 to 10,368 the next day.
Of the 249 samples sequenced at the Institute of Life Sciences in Bhubaneswar, 148 have been detected with the new highly transmissible variant taking the Omicron tally in Odisha to 349.
The Centre has asked the State government to immediately increase the testing in a strategic manner keeping in view the trend of case positivity in specific areas.
136 employees of AIIMS-Bhubaneswar, more than 30 staff including 10 doctors of Capital Hospital in virus grip
Two doctors also test positive; administration declares the hostel as containment zone for seven days
The districts have been directed to start telemedicine services to reduce patients visiting OPDs with minor ailments and avoid non-essential admission of patients.
From January 18 to February 4, the High Court will function with two division benches and seven single benches to take up only the exceptionally urgent cases, Registrar (Judicial) of the court said.
As per the latest genome sequencing data of community samples, 74.5 per cent (pc) were found to be of the Delta variant and the rest Omicron.
Rise in cases notwithstanding, the opera groups were conducting shows in Jagatsinghpur’s Kujang area throwing all precautions to the wind.