Bhubaneswar, Apr 24 (UNI) Five more Covid positive cases were reported from Bhadrak district alone today amid shutdown clamped by the government in three districts, taking the total positive cases in Odisha to 94. Perturbed over sudden surging of corona positive cases, the state government had imposed a 60 hour complete shutdown, almost a curfew like situation in Bhadrak, Balasore and Jajpur district from 10 PM last night to 10 AM till April 26.
Official sources here said, 16 positive cases were reported from Bhadrak district with five more tested coronavirus positive today. Similarly, Jajpur district had reported 12 positive cases and ten positive cases were found in Balasore district.
A majority of the corona positive cases found from these three districts, have travel link to West Bengal. The three districts together had now accounted for 38 of the total 94 covid positive cases so far reported in the state. The Health and family Welfare department said all the five people from Bhadrak district with travel history to West Bengal today tested positive.
The authority had launched the contact tracing and follow-up action soon after the five tested positive in Bhadrak district. A majority of the 38 positive cases reported from these three districts within a span of a week with the travel history to West Bengal had forced the state government to clamp 60 hours complete shut down and seal the borders with West Bengal.
The authority had deployed nearly 27 platoons of police force and barricaded several entry points from West Bengal to these districts in a bid to check the influx of Odia people returning to their native villages. The government estimated thousands of people have reportedly entered into these three districts bordering West Bengal during the lockdown period clandestinely carrying the coronavirus from West Bengal. State Chief Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy said the government has taken some extraordinary steps during the shutdown period to identify the persons who have returned from West Bengal and put them in government quarantine for 14 days.
The district authority had also started sanitizing all the public places in the three districts as a precautionary measures and decided to triple the sample collections during the shutdown period. The Chief Secretary had asked the people of the three districts to cooperate with the administration in its fight against the Covid 19 during the shutdown. He appealed to the people who have returned from West Bengal to voluntarily come forward and stay in the government quarantine for 14 days. Mr.Tripathy warned strong legal action if any returnee from West Bengal did not cooperate with the local authority in preventing the spread of coronavirus in the locality.
Official sources said, out of 18,458 samples tested so far, 94 have tested positive in the state of which 33 persons have already been recovered and discharged from the hospitals. While only person has died, 60 people are undergoing treatment at various Covid hospitals in the state. (UNI)