Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: A day after the third confirmed case of Coronavirus infection was reported in Odisha, the government warned that there is a possibility of the outbreak in State moving into stage 3, which is community transmission.

Expressing such apprehensions, Odisha government's COVID19 spokesperson Subroto Bagchi today informed that during phase-1, the focus was on those who returned from other countries and later surveillance was maintained on people coming from other States. But from the third confirmed case, there is now a possibility of community transmission (from stage 2 to Stage 3) in the State.

Referring to the third positive case, Bagchi informed that the 60-year-man had returned to Odisha along with his wife and daughter in IndiGO flight (6E 2014) from New Delhi on March 10. Prior to this, the man had also visited Rewari in Haryana.

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The concerned person visited Odisha Assembly dispensary on March 16 after he complained of uneasiness. Later, he visited Kar clinic OPD on March 21 and was admitted to ICU on March 23. On March 24, the person was discharged and he visited Capital hospital the next day and his sample was tested positive for COVID19 yesterday, said Bagchi.

"All the contact tracing of the COVID19 positive person is underway while his wife, daughter and driver are in isolation. The State health department will issue a detailed guideline for all the private hospitals, clinics and doctors on what protocol they need to follow in these types of cases to keep themselves and others safe," informed Bagchi.

Bagchi further stated that over 78,000 people including migrant labourers have returned to Odisha from other States and from the third positive case there is a possibility of community transmission.

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"If any person who had been to the places including Odisha Assembly dispensary, IndiGO flight, and Kar Clinic, they should go for a 14-day quarantine and contact State government's helpline number 104. We have to be extra cautious as the next few days are very crucial," Bagchi added.

Clarifying on the matter, Kar Clinic MD Sidhant Kar said the patient was admitted on March 23 and he was not suffering pneumonia rather he had fever.  After detecting some patch during X-ray, we had advised him to go for coronavirus test. Though he was reluctant, we had sent him to Capital Hospital for necessary test.

“We forced the man to undergo COVID-19 test at Capital Hospital on March 24. After he was tested positive for Coronavirus we isolated around 10-15 staff. We have sanitised the entire hospital. Besides, we are requesting people to vacate the hospital. However, we would take next course of action as per the direction of the government,” said Sidhant Kar.