India, Sept. 6 -- The Covid-19 infection among children and adolescents below the age of 18 years in Odisha reached 20 per cent on Monday but the health department said it may not be a matter of panic.

Of the 609 who tested positive for Covid-19 in Odisha in the last 24 hours, 122 were below 18 years of age. On Sunday, this age group accounted for 16.27 per cent of total cases of infections in the state while the figure stood at 17.32 per cent on Saturday.

However, the daily positivity ratio stood at 0.93 per cent.

Director of health services, Dr Bijoy Mohapatra, said there should not be any panic as the number of children who need hospitalisation is less than 1 per cent. "About 0.8 per cent of the infected children are in general beds...