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60 Negative 1 Positive


Subrato Bagchi, Chief Spokesperson on COVID-19 asserted that the State Government is fully prepared to handle the pandemic, launching awareness campaigns and monitoring the issue with utmost vigilance.

The State Government, after careful consideration has directed the District Magistrates to enforce similar restrictions in all religious places -- temples, mosques, Churches and Gurudwaras from March 20 to 31, he said adding that essential rituals may continue without any dislocation.
 
Krishan Kumar, Secretary Works and Chief Administrator SJTA, Sanjay Kumar Singh, Secretary, Information and Public Relations, CBK Mohanty, Director DMET also briefed on various issues.

Mr.Bagchi said so far only one of the 61 samples has tested positive in the State.

“Yesterday five samples were tested and all were negative,” Mr.Bagchi said.
 
He pointed out that at present 23 people have been kept in isolation in different hospitals who have come in close contact with COVID-19 positive case as on 2 PM on 19 March.

The Chief Spokesperson said all District Headquarters Hospitals and Medical College and Hospitals have isolation facilities and at present 3183 isolation beds are in readiness across the State in Government and Private Hospitals.
 
Mr.Bagchi said in the last 24 hours, the 104 Health Helpline received12,268 calls and so far about 2,600 registrations have been made up to 2PM about persons with travel history abroad.

In Urban areas 450 buildings have been identified as centres to accommodate 51,160 persons, awareness meetings held at 6798 Gram Panchayats across the state  attended by 2.37 lakh members, Bagchi said.
 
 “To provide immediate health care in rural areas as many as 7176 temporary medical camps have been established in 6798 GPs with total bed capacity of 422426”, said Mr.Bagchi.

The Chief Spokesperson said 48,38,548 beneficiaries will be given four months pension in advance directly in their villages and the Collectors are being intimated by the Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities(SSEPD) Department.

He said the Prison Superintendents have been directed to identify a designated well ventilated place as isolation room for isolation of suspected cases.
 
All high-end saloons, beauty parlour, spa will stay closed until further orders, all cultural events are to be postponed and entry into museums, library, theatres to be stopped, informed Mr.Bagchi.

He advised people to avoid common water facilities, such as ponds, for bathing, cleaning and other purposes as far as possible.

“Instead of using common water ponds, hand pumps, tube-wells and pipe water supplies are to be used,” Mr.bagchi urged.

While the Housing and Urban Development Department has issued guidelines for sensitization of Resident Welfare Associations in apartments and colonies for any emergency situation, the Bhitarkanika Nature Camp, all zoos, Jayadev Batika run by Forest & Environment Department shall remain closed till March 31.

“The Botanical Garden of RPRC, (Ekamra Kanan) Bhubaneswar shall remain closed for public from 2 PM every day,” he said.
 
He pointed out that movement of inter-state buses, trains and vehicles carrying goods/commodities not to be stopped either at interstate borders inside the state.

All examinations including final semester and back paper of BPUT and VISSUT stand postponed till further orders along with the Higher Secondary  Examination-2020 from Monday.
 


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