Bhubaneswar, Apr 09: Two more persons tested positive for the novel coronavirus today , taking the total COVID-19 positive case to 44.
According to the Health and Family Welfare Department sources a 51-year-old woman from Dhenkanal and a 69-year-old man of Medinipur, West Bengal, undergoing treatment in a hospital in Bhubaneswar tested positive.
With these two cases, the total corona positive cases in the state went up to 44 of which state capital Bhubaneswar alone accounted for 35 cases.
However, out of the 35 cases in the state capital, one has died and two have recovered and discharged from the hospital.
The local authority had already identified five containment zones in Bhubaneswar as a precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. The containment zones are seals and the authority has not allowed any person either to move out of the zone or enter into the zone as all the exits and entry points in these five containment zones are sealed.
With the detection of new case,the COVID-19 positive case has been reported now in eight districts.They are Khordha,Bhadrak,Cuttack, Jajpur,Puri,Kalahandi, Kendrapara and Dhenkanal.
While 35 corona positive cases were reported form Bhubaneswar, three have been identified from Bhadrak and one each from Cuttack, Jajpur,Puri, Kalahandi, Kendrapara and Dhenkanal.
Meanwhile,the state government today declared wearing of mask mandatory for a person when moving out of the house and asked the grocery, vegetable and medicine shop keepers not to allow any person without mask to purchase form their shops.
Some district authorities have also imposed fines ranging from Rs.500 to Rs.1000 for not wearing masks when out of their house.
The state government today extended the lock down period for another fortnight till April 30 and announced the closure of educational institutions till June 17 next.
The government also recommended to the Centre to extend the national lock down till April 30 and suspend the Air and Train service till then. (UNI)