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Devbrat Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: With the coronavirus contagion slowly spreading its tentacles, Odisha government too is expediting its measures for prevention and containment of the disease. On Wednesday, the government released Rs 44.5 crore for 30 districts to battle the novel Coronavirus.

In the media briefing today, Subroto Bagchi, Odisha government's chief spokesperson on COVID-19 reiterating the significance of staying indoors maintained that social distancing and home-isolation is the only weapon to fight the disease.

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He said 78,233 people have returned to Odisha in the last few days, and some of them are from COVID-19 affected States. “All of them have to remain under home quarantine for a period of 14 days. This will keep themselves safe and consequentially others as well.”

As of 3 PM today, a total of 133 samples have been sent for COVID-19 examination and results of four samples are awaited. No new positive case was detected.

There are two positive coronavirus cases so far in Odisha, Bagchi said adding that both are stable and on a healthy diet.

As per reports of the State health department, a total of 4,015 people have registered on self-declaration COVID-19 portal for home quarantine, most of whom have returned from abroad.

36 persons are kept in hospital isolation wards. 54 out of the 57 contact cases have been traced while a hunt is on to trace other three.

On the brighter side, Bagchi said that the State government will provide incentives in the form of 50 per cent higher price than the actual price of items to suppliers of medicines and medical equipment for supplying medicines ahead of schedule to hospitals.

In a big boost to the State to battle COVID-19, Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) today contributed Rs 500 crore to Chief Minister's Relief Fund to support State government's efforts in controlling the pandemic situation. The corporation also declared Rs 250 crore as interim dividend for FY 2019-20.

Throwing light on the national and world trends, Bagchi said, “Till 3 pm today, 4,22,829 positive cases have been reported across countries among which some died, some recovered and some are active cases. The total number stood at 3,82,008 yesterday which means the disease is spreading like a wildfire.”

Worldwide, currently there are 2,94820 active cases under medical treatment. Rest 1,09,000 have either recovered or have been discharged.

The Indian scenario as per data provided by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare reveals that as of now there are a total number of 553 active COVID-19 cases in the country. While 43 have been either cured/discharged/migrated, 10 people have succumbed to the disease.

“There is a breakdown of affiliation. So individuals should take the responsibility to counter this breakdown and develop social contract. We should thank each health worker who is out on the battlefield,” Bagchi said.

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To fight this 21-day lockdown period, patience is the key. We have to change our lifestyles, eating habits and everyone should practice austere living, is also something that the COVID-19 spokesman stressed upon.

“Much patience is required to stay indoors. There is no need to stock essential goods as the government has ensured smooth flow with effective mechanism. We must reduce the quantity of food intake, losing patience will lead to panic buying. Subsequently it will lead to artificial scarcity, rise in commodities prices,” said Bagchi.

For now, the foremost thing is people have to respect and trust the system and the administrative approach to emerge victorious in the battle, he concluded.



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