Pradeep Singh

Bhubaneswar: Alleging that the Odisha government has failed to contain the spread of novel Coronavirus in the Capital city, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday said that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik should seek the help of the Centre to tackle the alarming situation in Bhubaneswar.

Bhubaneswar BJP president, Babu Singh today lashed out at the State government and said that the Naveen Patnaik-led government has fallen flat in handling the COVID-19 situation in the Smart city.

"The unabated rise in COVID-19 cases has become a cause of grave concern for the people of Bhubaneswar. Besides, the exponential rise in local contact cases is alarming," said Singh.

He further said, "When the situation went out of control in Delhi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah intervened and the situation is now under control in the national capital. We request CM Naveen that, if needed, he should also seek help of the Home Minister in dealing with the situation in Bhubaneswar."

Responding to the allegations, ruling-BJD's Bhubaneswar-Central MLA, Anant Narayan Jena said that there is nothing to panic about the current situation in Bhubaneswar as the government is concerned about the safety of people.

"There are around 4-5 lakh slum dwellers in Odisha but only a few of them have been infected. As their work is to roam around and work at different places, they have contracted the virus. Our awareness programme is on and we are taking all possible measures to contain the infection," said Jena.

A total of 215 new COVID-19 cases were detected in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday, taking the total number of positive cases in the city to 2365.

Of the total 215 cases, 150 positives were from quarantine centres while 65 are local contact cases.

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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