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Pradeep Singh

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government has traced 22 persons including seven foreigners associated with the Nizamuddin Markaz gathering in Delhi, informed Health and Family Welfare department.

All the 22 persons are presently in government quarantine. As per latest reports, out of the samples of 20 persons, 15 samples tested negative for Coronavirus while results of five samples are awaited, informed Information and Public Relations Department.

Meanwhile, the State government today put two persons in hospital quarantine who returned to the State after attending the Tablighi Jamaat.

According to sources, while one person has been identified as a resident of Jajpur district, the second person hails from Kendrapara district. The Kendrapara man has reportedly been put in hospital isolation while his family members have been kept under home quarantine.

"We will send his samples for COVID-19 test. If it turns out positive, we will initiate contact tracing," said Kendrapara District Collector, Samarth Verma.

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He further said that the police are trying to figure out if any other persons from the district had attended the function and returned to the State.

Moreover, another attendee of Delhi Tablighi Jamaat event from Odisha has returned to Binjharpur block in Jajpur district. District collector Ranjan Kumar Das informed that the concerned person has been kept in isolation and his swab samples have been sent for testing.

His family members have been home-quarantined, said Das adding, "We have now intensified surveillance after tracing the attendee of the Delhi programme, who hails from Binjharpur block."

As per reports, two more persons from Koraput district had also reportedly attended the Delhi Tablighi Jamaat event. Informing about the same, district collector Madhusundan Mishra informed OTV that one of them who hails from Kotpad is in quarantine in Delhi while the other one from Jeypore is currently in Guntur of neighboring Andhra Pradesh.

On the other hand, two persons from Rourkela who had visited Nizammudin on March 8 but retuned without attending the function have also been in kept under isolation ward of Rourkela government hospital.

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"Though the duo didn't attend the main Markaz event from March 13 to March 15 and returned to the State, we don't want to take risks and have already sent their samples for testing. We will take our next course of action only after getting the test results," said Sundergarh Collector, Nikhil Pawan Kalyan.

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