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Sanjeev Kumar Patro

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government today presented a realistic scenario of the Covid-19 in the State. The numbers suggest as many as 100 individuals with some Covid-19 symptoms have been identified in Odisha while the hospital isolation cases have posted a spike to touch 45 on Tuesday.

In his regular briefing on Covid-19 today, Subroto Bagchi, Covid-19 chief spokesperson of Odisha, painted an alarming picture of the novel coronavirus situation in the State with the worrying stats.

Quoting a study by an US group, Bagchi said the Covid-19 challenge is quite enormous. The conservative projection is that the total Covid-19 positive cases in Odisha may rise to 2,345 by mid- May. And the realistic estimate the total Covid-19 positive cases in the State may touch a massive 36,000 by May 15, he pointed out.

"The numbers are quite daunting. We have to take the responsibility," said Bagchi and appealed people to not take the lockdown lightly. He, however, expressed satisfaction that the lockdown in Odisha has been 90 per cent successful so far.

Meanwhile, as per the latest Covid-19 bulletin released by State Health Department, the total tests conducted till 12 PM today stood at 110. No new positive cases have been detected today. It added that 100 returnees from abroad have exhibited some covid-19 symptoms and the State nodal cell is keeping a close observation on the individuals.

Another big revelation by the bulletin stated that both the Covid-19 patients in Odisha have turned asymptomatic.

Other major decisions Bagchi announced are:

*All construction activities in State suspended, except Corona related works.

*In order to keep the administration on the toes, the State government today asked all transferred officials to report to duty within 48 hours. Those who will not follow the directive will face penal action.  

*The total foreign returnees registered in State's newly launched Covid-19 portal touched 3,861.

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