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Dilip Kumar

Bolangir: A medical team deputed for mass testing for Covid-19 faced utter embarrassment after the villagers of Baragaan in Sadar Block in the district detained the team for around five hours, expressing doubts over the authenticity of the test reports.

The locals released a video of the entire scene on Thursday night, expressing their displeasure, and demanded re-examination by another team of experts.

According to reports, a man had tested positive for the Covid-19 at the village on April 18 following which the district administration had dispatched a medical team to the village to conduct Covid test on others who had come in close contact with the infected person.

The team had carried out the RT-PCR test on other villagers in a phased manner. Samples of as many as 70 people came out with positive results. However, many of them were asymptomatic, which raised suspicion among the locals over the authenticity of the report.

On Thursday, when the team re-visited the village to monitor the situation and provide necessary medical assistance for the infected people, a group of locals detained the team till late night. They also captured a video and posted it on social media requesting the Collector to conduct re-examination by another team.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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