Devbrat Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: The increasing Covid-19 cases in Odisha, mostly linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi, seems to have put the preparedness of the State government under stress.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today appealed all people from Odisha who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat, to come forward voluntarily and get the COVID-19 test done as soon as possible.

The appeal of the Chief Minister came a day after three persons from the State associated with the Tablighi Jamaat - one each from Cuttack, Puri and Jajpur were tested positive for the lethal coronavirus.

In a written appeal, Patnaik has requested the Tablighi members to mandatorily call Health Helpline number - 104 for a checkup within 24 hours.

"Do not panic. I and my government are always with you. Kindly cooperate with the government in the battle against COVID-2019 by mandatorily calling toll free number 104, consulting doctors and getting the test done in 24 hours. I would also like to request all the women in the State to cooperate with us for the safety of their family members," said the Chief Minister.

Former chief of Odisha Waqf Board, Ekram Hussain has also appealed to all Tablighi Jamaat attendees from the State to come forward without any fear and get themselves tested for COVID-2019 by calling 104 helpline number.

As per the data shared by Health & Family Welfare department, 28 persons with links to Tablighi Jamaat have been identified in the State. While 25 samples tested negative, reports of other three came out positive for coronavirus.

“We once again request all who have linkage to Nizamuddin incident to voluntarily call 104 and provide information about their contacts. There is no need to panic and hide. Anyone having any information about such persons may inform 104. Help us to keep you safe,” said the department in a tweet.