Rise in cases: Odisha deputes three IAS officer to monitor districts

Rise in cases: Odisha deputes three IAS officer to monitor districts

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Bhubaneswar, Apr 23: The Odisha government has deputed three senior IAS officers to monitor the covid 19 situation in three districts witnessing a sharp rise in the coronavirus positive case.

Official sources said Principal Secretary of Excise department S.K Lohani has been deputed to Bhadrak, Secretary to Governor Dr. P.K Meherda, to Jajpur and Special Secretary, Agriculture & FE S.K Vashishth, to Balasore to review COVID related management in the district.

There has been a sudden rise of the covid positive cases in Bhadrak, Balasore and Jajpur in the recent time and most of the positive cases in these districts were found to be returnee from West Bengal. While Bhadrak has reported 11 positive cases, two of whom have recovered,Balasore had reported 8 positive cases with no recovery and Jajpur witnessed 8 positive cases with one recovery. Meanwhile, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation ( BMC) last night withdrew the containment restrictions imposed in Suryanagar, Bomikhal and Satyanagar .Earlier, the BMC had withdrawn containment restriction imposed in Sundarpada and Jadupur .

A Release from the BMC Commissioner said the active surveillance will continue till the next 7 days as a precaution measures in these areas. Perturbed over the rise in the covid positive cases among the returnees from neighbouring West Bengal, the state government has sealed several roads along the Odisha –West Bengal border.

The government had barricaded most of the entry points from West Bengal and deployed police forces to prevent further entry of people from West Bengal . The Odisha government claimed that at least one third of the total covid positive cases in the state have travel history to West Bengal. In the first phase, the state had witnessed covid positive cases with the returnees from abroad and second phase saw a rise in the covid case among the people having Nizamuddin link The third phase covid cases mostly attributed to the returnee from the West Bengal. Besides, roads, the government had also sealed the sea routes to prevent the entry of Odia people stranded in West Bengal ,using the sea route to come to their native villages in coastal Odisha.

Latest official figure said so far 32 covid positive cases have been recovered and discharged from the hospital and 50 positive cases are undergoing treatment at various covid hospital. The government had so far conducted 13775 sample test till yesterday and 4975 rapid test in the capital city of Bhubaneswar. Among the recovery patients, Bhubaneswar alone accounted for 21 cases, two each in Bhadrak, Kalahandi and Sundargarh district and one each in Kendrapara,Cuttack, Puri and Dhenkanal district. (UNI)