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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Gajapati: As many as nine inmates, including three from Paralakhemundi sub-jail and six inmates of R Udaygiri sub-jail in the district tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday, said officials.

As per preliminary reports, all the inmates were reportedly in isolation cells at the respective prisons.

Earlier this week, the spurt in Covid-19 cases across Odisha had forced the Directorate of Prisons and Correctional Services to switch back to its previous Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to prevent the outbreak of virus inside jails across the State.

The Directorate Of Prisons and Correctional Services had earlier written to all Jail Superintendents and asked them to strictly follow SOP issued by the Home Department which was issued in August 2020.

As per SOP of Government in Home Department, anybody found positive in this process, should be sent to the ‘Dedicated Covid Care Centre/Dedicated Covid Health Centre/Dedicated Covid Hospital’ by the concerned remanding agencies like police, forest, excise or vigilance as the case may be for treatment with the permission of remanding courts.

They will be shifted to the Jails after being recovered in “Dedicated Covid Care Centre/ Dedicated Covid Health Centre/ Dedicated Covid Hospital”.

All Covid-19 positive prisoners should be sent to the nearest Covid Care Centres and critically ill patients (Covid) to Covid Care Hospitals. Covid-19 positive cases should not be kept inside the Jails, the notification read.

Meanwhile, 1379 new Covid-19 cases were reported from different parts of the State today. This is another highest single-day spike reported so far this year.

Sundargarh reported maximum 317 cases, followed by Khordha (158), Sambalpur (86), Nuapada (90), Nabarangpur (71), Bargarh (68), Cuttack (56), Bolangir (54), Mayurbhanj (49), Puri (43) and Jharsuguda (42).

With this, the active Covid-19 caseload in the State surged to 7,979 while 1,926 patients have succumbed to the virus so far. As many as 3,39,603 have been cured or recovered from the disease.

(Edited by Vikash Sharma)

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