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NROs Push Corona Positive

As apprehended earlier, the return of Non Resident Odia(NRO)s from COVID-19 affected states has triggered a spurt in corona cases in Odisha with 37 more people testing positive to the highly infected virus on a single day

The state’s total number of COVID-19 cases increased to 414 with addition of 37 cases Monday. Of the 37 cases, 29 were from Ganjam district and all the cases had been identified as Surat returnees, the Department of Health and Family Welfare Reports.

The fresh cases came from Ganjam (29), Sundergarh (3) and one each from Kendrapara, Jajpur, Mayurbhanj, Cuttack and Boudh districts.

11 May also reported recovery of 17 patients taking the total number of cured patients to 85 in the state, the official said.

With 29 fresh cases, the total number of cased in Ganjam mounted to 154 which formed 37.2 per cent of the state’s total 414 cases.

Of the 414, 326 are active cases while 85 have been discharged from hospital after being cured and three others died. 

Odisha on Sunday carried out 3,698 tests, the highest number of tests in a single day for corona virus while the total number of samples tested so far has increased to 63,478, the Department of Health & Family Welfare said.

While Ganjam district tops the list of COVID-19 cases with 154, it is followed by 61 in Jajpur, 50 in Bhubaneswar, 42 in Balasore, 31 in Bhadrak, 16 Sundergarh, 15 in Angul, 9 each from Kendrapara and Mayurbhanj, 5 Jagatsinghpur, 4 Boudh, 3 each in Puri and Cuttack, 2 each in Keonjhar, Kalahandi, Jharsuguda and Bolangir and one each in Deogarh, Nayagarh, Koraput and Dhenkanal.

“There is nothing to be worried over the rise in the number of COVID-19 positive cases in the state as most of them were detected from quarantine centres and one from a containment zone. We were anticipating the spike in the corona cases after arrival of the NROs and have made preparations accordingly,” Subroto Bagchi, Chief spokesperson pointed out.

Mr.Bagchi appealed people not to panic over the rise in case, and said that early detection of cases and from the quarantine centres will help to stop spread of the disease.

Mr.Bagchi said that as many as 67,535 Odias have so far returned to Odisha. by train/bus and other vehicles and 11,619 people alone reached the state on Monday.

He said Sarpanches (Gram Panchayat Chiefs) have also been asked to inform the government if they find corona symptoms in any person staying in their quarantine centres so that immediate treatment can be extended to him.

He said following the initiative of Ganjam District Magistrate, the government has directed the officials to impart training on COVID-19, its symptoms and remedial measures to those staying in quarantine centers.

“It (training to people of quarantine centres) can help the inmates promote awareness among people of their areas after they complete the mandatory quarantine period,” he said.
 


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