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50K Samples Tested

Odisha Government on Thursday said 50,514 samples have been tested in State till Wednesday while all steps are being taken to raise it to the level desired by the Chief Minister.

National Health Mission (NHM) Mission Director, Shalini Pnadit informed that steps are being taken to ramp up testing of COVID-19 patients daily to 15,000 as directed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

She said Odisha is leading in COVID-19 tests and continue to do so.         

Shrimati Pandit informed that the State Government  had tested 3,060 samples.

Jajpur district has reported the maximum number of cases at 55, followed by Bhubaneswar in Khurda district 47, Balasore 25, Bhadrak and Ganjam 21 each, and Sundergarh 12.
 
Four cases each have been reported from Jagatsinghpur and Mayurbhanj, and three from Kendrapara .

Two cases each have been detected in Cuttack, Jharsuguda, Bolangir, Keonjhar and Kalahandi, and one each in Puri, Dhenkanal, Deogarh and Koraput districts.
 
Chief COVID-19 Spokesperson Subrato Bagchi said that as reported, in a number of cases the returnees have alighted from the Bus, enroute their destination districts which poses grave risk to public health and safety.

Therefore instructions have been issued that no bus or vehicle shall be allowed to board or alight any returnee enroute from the Border Check Point (BCP), he said.

Mr.Bagchi warned that in case of violation, the vehicle and the driver shall be detained for further investigation and action will be taken against them as per law.

This has been intimated to the Collectors, Municipal Commissioners, Commissioner of Police, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack and SPs by Special Relief Commissioner.

Notably, a revised standard operating procedure (SOP) directed for registration of vehicles with details of the driver, number of passengers, and destination and district are absolutely necessary.

Two copies of vehicle entry pass have to be made, one of which has to put on the windscreen of the vehicle and second copy will be handed over to the driver with an instruction to report to the destination district centre, it said.

The letter also directs the local authorities to stamp the passenger on their right forearm while the reception centre at the destination district will verify the number of people arrived versus the details in the second copy of the vehicle entry pass provided by the driver.

In case of any discrepancy in the number of people, the vehicle and the driver shall be detained for further investigation and shall be taken as per law, it warned.

Mr.Bagchi said as many as 4225 Odias returned to State on Thursday taking the total of such arrival to 39,765 so far.

He said nearly 12,461 Temporary Medical Centres/Camps have been readied in 6798 Gram Panchayats of the State.

In all these Centres, around 5 lakh beds have been arranged to provide COVID-19 health services in rural areas.

On Thursday 3,19,121 destitute and helpless persons have been provided with food in 4979  Gram Panchayats and 33,778 persons in 113 ULBs.

Nearly 24 cases have been registered by the Police in the State during the past 24 hours for violation of different regulations and guidelines related to COVID-19.

Of these 23 are for violation of lock down regulations and one for violation of home quarantine while 54 persons have been arrested by police for different violations, he added.
 


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