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15 Positive COVID-19 Cases Reported In Odisha Today, Bhubaneswar Turning Into A Potential Hotspot

Bhubaneswar: Odisha saw a sudden spike in the COVID-19 numbers on Friday as 15 more have tested positive for the contagious disease. With this, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the State has shot up to 20.

As per the State Health & Family Welfare department, Bhadrak reported two fresh cases today, and Cuttack, Puri, Jajpur have registered one positive case each. It further revealed that 28 persons including 7 foreigners linked to Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin Markaz have been identified in Odisha. While reports of all samples have been obtained, 25 have tested negative, and rest 3 samples have tested positive for COVID-19 (one each in Cuttack, Puri & Jajpur).

Bhubaneswar, on the other hand, is turning out to be a potential COVID-19 hotbed as the city recorded 10 new cases today. Of these, 7 were close contacts of Suryanagar (Patient-5) case including his wife, daughter and tenants while 3 others were from Bomikhal area.

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While two positive cases have already been discharged from the hospital after testing negative, there are 18 active cases in State, all under constant supervision of the doctors.

In Odisha, out of the total 1395 samples tested so far, 20 have come out positive for COVID-19. On Friday, 282 samples were tested- 237 at RMRC, 25 at AIIMS and 20 at SCB Hospital.

It is pertinent to mention that till Thursday, Odisha had recorded only 5 positive cases. The State reported its 6th COVID case this afternoon after a Cuttack resident with recent travel history to Delhi was tested positive. The contact tracing of the patient is underway.

While Surya Nagar in Bhubaneswar was sealed yesterday, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) today notified Bomikhal area too as a containment zone to check any possible spread of COVID-19 after three persons from the locality were tested positive today. The sealed area covers CCD Lane (Near Ekamra Hall)- Jharpara Canal Road- Jharpara Durga Mandap- Cuttack Puri Road (DCB Bank Square)- CCD Lane.

Earlier today, Subroto Bagchi, the State government’s chief spokesperson on Covid-19 said that 40 people from Odisha who visited the Tablighi Jamaat are in Delhi, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh. “Ten more people from WB linked to the congregation had visited Talcher recently and we have traced the contacts and sent for testing,” he said.

Later, Dhenkanal district Collector revealed that there are 10 more people who have attended the Tablighi Jamaat and are now in Odisha. “From intelligence sources, we have come to know that 10 people linked to Tablighi Jamaat came to Dhenkanal via train between March 10 and March 17. We have traced the contacts and 14 people have been kept in quarantine, ” the Collector said.

Earlier today, Odisha government ordered total shut down in the jurisdictions of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack Municipal Corporation and Bhadrak Municipal Area from 8 PM today to April 5 (8 PM) to contain the spread of coronavirus and aggressively trace the contacts of 5th and 6th COVID-19 positive patients.

The health department also appealed people to call Helpline Number 104 if they develop flu-like symptoms.

“One could be infected by COVID unknowingly. We appeal to all with flu-like symptoms to call Health Helpline 104. We shall provide them with all necessary healthcare free of cost. That’s the only way we can prevent further spread. COVID is neither to be feared nor to be hidden,” said the health department.

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