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Saswat Singhdeo

Bhubaneswar: Moments after Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy announced about the lifting of shutdown tonight, two more COVID-19 positive cases were reported from Bhubaneswar. The detection of two fresh cases means that the total number of COVID-19 positive cases now stands at 23 in Odisha.

As per the State Health & Family Welfare Department, the latest cases include one 70-year-old man from Kapila Prasad Housing Board Colony in Phase II in Bhubaneswar and another 29-year-old man from Bomikhal area.

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The elderly man had returned from Australia on March 22 and was in home quarantine since then. The other person from Bomikhal was found out during active surveillance by the officials. It is pertinent to mention that three more cases were detected from Bomikhal area Friday night.

On Saturday, a 29-year-old man from Kalahandi having a travel history to Bahrain tested positive for COVID-19. The man was asymptomatic and is the lone positive case from among the 304 samples tested on Saturday. The Kalahandi resident is also the first COVID-19 patient from western Odisha.

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The Commissioner of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), Prem Chandra Chaudhary, on Saturday informed that the patient from Puri happens to be a postal employee in Bhubaneswar.

Chaudhary also shared details of the contact tracing of the patient-5 (from Surya Nagar in Bhubaneswar) and informed that all the family members of the patient have been admitted to COVID hospital adding that one of his relatives had recently traveled to Kolkata & stayed there for around 4 days. Similarly,  Bomikhal cases had linkage with outside State as their father who works in Bhopal also tested positive for COVID-19.

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