Vikash Sharma

Gajapati: In view of the sudden spurt in COVID-19 cases, Gajapati district administration on Friday announced a complete shutdown in several blocks and one gram panchayat of the district.

Collector Anupam Shah informed that the shutdown will be enforced from June 28 for a period of three days in two blocks- Gosani and Gumma, Paralakhemundi town and Ranipentha gram panchayat in Kashinagar block.

The district administration has formed 40 teams comprising health officials to conduct door-to-door survey to identify persons suffering from cold, cough, fever and other flu-like symptoms.

“There has been an increase in COVID-19 positive cases in Gosani and Gumma blocks and Paralakhemundi town in the last one week. To step up surveillance, contact tracing and ensure that there is no further spread of COVID-19, we have decided to clamp a complete shutdown from Sunday till June 30,” said Shah.

Shah further informed that during the shutdown only medicine stores and milk distribution will be operational while other shops and commercial centres will remain closed.

Gajapati currently has 290 active cases and the district is the second worst affected by Coronavirus after Ganjam district which has 361 active cases. The total COVID-19 cases in Gajapati and Ganjam district stand at 411 and 1137, respectively.

Sources said, Gajapati district has reported 305 COVID-19 positive cases since June 16. Of the 305 positive cases, 220 cases were reported in the last five days.

Ganjam Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange yesterday announced a complete shutdown in Berhampur town for a period of four days to facilitate contact tracing & surveillance in the town. The shutdown in Ganjam will come into effect from Saturday (June 27) and will remain in force till Tuesday (June 30).

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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