Devbrat Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: While the entire country is observing PM Modi’s ‘9 minutes at 9 pm’ call to show solidarity in the nation’s fight against the darkness of Covid-19, Odisha recorded 16 more positive cases of novel-Coronavirus infection.

State Health and Family Welfare department informed that 16 new cases of Covid-19 have been detected in Bhubaneswar which has now become the hotspot of the Coronavirus infection in the entire State. The total number of Covid-19 cases in Odisha has now risen to 39 out of which Bhubaneswar alone accounts for 32 cases.

Further informing about the development, the Health department clarified that 15 out of the total 16 new cases detected today belong to Bomikhal area of the city which has been sealed.

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The government has urged public not to panic and stay indoors. "Cluster containment has been put in place and house to house survey is going on. All suspects and contacts shall be isolated and tested," the State health department tweeted.

The sudden spike in number of Coronavirus cases in Bhubaneswar comes just an hour after the 48-hour shutdown was lifted from the capital city.

Earlier in the day, the  State Health & Family Welfare Department informed that the capital city had recorded two positive cases of Coronavirus.

Taking to twitter, Chief Minister's Office has also asked the public not to panic but sincerely follow the lockdown guidelines in a strict manner.

"People need not panic. It’s in a contained area of Bhubaneswar with known contact. Sincere appeal - please don’t venture out and respect lockdown. Police will take very tough action on violators," the CMO tweeted.

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Meanwhile, the State Health Secretary Nikunja Dhal asked Municipal Commissioners, Collectors and CDM/PHOs to provide triple layer surgical masks to persons under quarantine at home and in facilities. Odisha State Medical Corporation Limited has been directed to supply the masks.

In Odisha, two Covid-19 patients have so far been discharged after they recovered from the disease while others are under treatment at various designated COVID hospitals.

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