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Dilip Kumar

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to break the chain of Covid-19 local infections in the Capital city, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has initiated a special drive to collect data of people with a door-to-door campaign.

Following the directives from BMC commissioner Prem Chandra Choudhury, the drive has been launched at 67 wards in the civic body. Anganwadi centres in each ward have been considered as a unit accordingly and the campaign has been expedited.

The slum areas have been given top priority due to the density of the population. The special team comprising an Anganwadi worker, ASHA and a multipurpose health activist are reaching out to every citizen and collected data regarding health issues, travel history, age, address, occupation, any flu related symptoms and phone number.

The team contacts people over the phone at regular intervals and updates the status of the citizens. As many as 450 workers have been engaged in the exercise, BMC deputy commissioner and Covid-19 nodal officer Subhendu Kumar Sahoo said.

There are 377 Anganwadi centres functioning in the city while 436 slums have been identified.
Data on over 2.81 lakh families in 436 slums has been collected so far in the first phase of the drive. The second phase exercise is underway, he added.

The Capital City on Sunday reported the highest single-day positive cases with 745 news cases.

Meanwhile, the State on Monday reported 6,599 new positive cases with Khordha district, under which Bhubaneswar falls, recording a maximum daily spike of 958 COVID-19 cases.

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