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Odisha Backs NROs


Novel Corona Virus induced situation is gradually getting worse by the day as the total number of COVID-19 cases increased to 294 in Odisha on Saturday.

The cause of concern is Surat from where more than 120 returnees have tested positive.

Odisha’s new hotspot Ganjam district’s tally has meanwhile increased to 89 of whom 88 were Surat returnees and one from Kerala.

Meanwhile, Nayagarh district for the first time get a COVID-19 patient when a 40 year-old Surat returnee tested positive to the disease. With Nayagarh, the total number of 19 district have reported corona cases.

Mayurbhanj, Jagatsinghpur and Nayagarh district were three districts included in the list this week.

As the situation in Ganjam district remain grim, a seven-member team led by Director Health Services, with representatives from WHO, ICMR and RMRC has been sent to the district to strengthen containment, surveillance and medical response measures.

MKCG Medical College and Hospital is also supplementing the local administration.

So far, the number of active cases in the State stands at 224 and two died of the disease. A total of 68 persons cured from the infection in the State.

State Government’s COVID-19 Spokesperson Subroto Bagchi said around 12,70,000 Odias work outside the State in different sectors. Similarly, 8,60,000 persons from outside the State work in Odisha.

Noting that some people are wondering why the State Government brings back the NROs at this juncture, Mr.Bagchi said it is the moral responsibility of the Government to take care of them.
He said it is better to bring back migrants to Odisha before “Mahasankraman” takes places across the country after lifting of the lockdown.
He said the country is likely to witness a spike in corona case in June and July.
Besides, it is the constitutional right of every citizen to move from one part of the country to another and no Government can prevent force them to stay in a particular place for indefinite period.
He clarified that all the migrant workers, students and others will remain in quarantine centres for mandatory 21 days so that the fear of spread of the virus from them to others can be dispelled.
 


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