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Ganjam Turns Red Zone

State Government on Thursday reclassified the zones of districts with reports of highest infections in a single day pushing the cumulative infected number of people to 206 across the State even as 21 people, who recently returned from Surat, tested positive for Novel Corona Virus(COVID-19).

Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) Health and Family Welfare, Pradipta Kumar  Mohapatra asked District Collectors "All necessary stipulations by the Centre and the State Government applicable for different zones in the districts and municipal corporation areas are to be followed scrupulously,"

Mr.Mohapatra said in a letter to the three District Administrations and the Commissioner of Berhampur Municipal Corporation(BeMC).

Following the spurt in COVID-19 cases, the State government declared Ganjam as a red zone while Mayurbhanj and Jagatsinghpur were classified under ‘Orange zones’.    

The first case in Ganjam was reported on May 2 and since then, there has been a sudden spurt in the number of cases, the official said.

 An official said here that of the 21 new patients, 17 are from Ganjam district and four from Mayurbhanj, a new one in the list of districts where corona virus cases have been reported, an official from the Information and Public Relations department said.

"These new patients have recently returned from Surat and are in quarantine centres," the official said.  Jagatsinghpur had reported four cases on 7 May.

 Nearly three lakh Odia workers mostly from the Ganjam district are engaged in diamond cutting and other works in Gujarat's Surat. They started coming back to the eastern state after the Centre allowed movement of migrant labourers during the ongoing lockdown.

Ganjam District Magistrate  Vijay Amrita  Kulange said the local administration is taking care of those who have travelled back to the state, and authorised persons have only been allowed to enter into quarantine centres or temporary medical facilities.

 Apart from Ganjam, three districts -- Jajpur, Bhadrak and Balasore, and Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) area in Khurda -- are classified as Red Zones.

 There are 10 Orange and 14 Green zones in the state.

With 21 more people testing positive for COVID-19, the number of active cases now stands at 142, while 62 people have recovered from the disease. Two persons from Bhubaneswar have died of the infection.


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