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Odisha Fights Corona: Disinfection Of Public Places Begins In Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: With complete lockdown in place to contain the spread of Coronavirus, authorities in Bhubaneswar kicked off a disinfection drive in the city today. As a part of the drive, disinfectant was sprayed in the area stretching from Rajmahal & Bapuji Nagar to Sishu Bhawan square.

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) along with the Odisha Fire services personnel carried out the disinfection drive in the Smart city. As many as four fire tenders were engaged to spray disinfectant solution in the area.

“In coordination with the Fire Services personnel, BMC is spraying Sodium Hypochlorite at public places along the roads to ensure better hygienic conditions across the city,” tweeted BMC.

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“The plan for carrying out a disinfection drive was chalked out by the BMC officials. The BMC health authorities are with us. We are working as a team with the BMC now and per their guidance and selection of the locations, the disinfection process will continue,” said a Fire services official.

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Meanwhile, Odisha government on Tuesday appealed people in the State to strictly observe social distancing. “We should remain more vigilant and careful. Social distancing shouldn’t be abandoned. This is not the right time to be swayed away by the single digit Covid-19 count in Odisha,” said Subroto Bagchi, Chief Covid-19 spokesperson in the State.

Besides, the State government today tried to explain how the high population density of major cities in Odisha make it more vulnerable to Covid-19 attack. The population density of Puri is higher than New York, and a small town like Jeypore has a population density almost equal to Rome. Both the cities are now worst hit by n-CoV, said Bagchi.

As per the State health department bulletin, of the 473 tests conducted so far, no positive case detected in the State today. In the last 24 hours, 103 samples tested in the State.

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The bulletin further added that 13,682 calls have been made to the State’s Covid-19 helpline number – 104, including 4,291 foreign returnees.

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