Bhubaneswar, May 7 : The Covid positive cases in Odisha surged to 205 with 20 more Surat returnees, 17 of them in Ganjam and 3 from Mayurbhanj also tested for coronavirus. The Ganjam district alone has so far reported 21 positive cases, all from Surat returnees, triggering a panic among the people as over 35,000 people have recently returned from Surat to the state.
Official sources said, over two lakh Odia stranded migrant workers have registered with the Odisha government portal to return to Ganjam district alone and every day thousands of migrant workers from Surat returned to the state by special trains. Mayurbhanj district which was Covid free, reported three positive cases, all from Surat returnees. With Mayurbhanj added in the Covid list, as many as 18 of the 30 districts in Odisha are now under the grip of coronavirus. Health and Family Welfare Department sources said, all the positive cases were reported from the quarantine centres where the Surat returnees were put on 14 day quarantine after their arrival in the state.
Out of 17 fresh cases reported from Ganjam, 16 were male and one female and all of them were in quarantine centres. All the three tested positive in Mayurbhanj were male. Odisha witnessed the highest spike in coronavirus patients yesterday with 29 persons, majority of them from Ganjam district, testing positive for the virus. Now Ganjam with the arrival of a large number of Surat returnees, has become the second district after Jajpur with 21 active cases.
The Jajpur district has as many as 54 active cases. The Jagatsinghpur and Mayurbhanj districts which were Covid free till May 5 last, have now turned into Covid infected with the arrival of Surat returnees. The Jagatsinghpur district reported four Covid positive cases yesterday and Mayurbhanj district today reported three positive cases. The virus has so far claimed two lives, all from the state capital. Out of 205 positive cases reported so far in the state, 61 have already been recovered and discharged from the hospitals and 142 active cases are under treatment.
With 3,060 tests being done during the last 24 hours, so far 50,514 samples have been tested in Odisha. The state government had already deputed Rapid Response Teams to Ganjam district with the sudden spike in Covid positive cases, to supervise surveillance and containment measures, contact tracing, testing and medical preparedness in the district. (UNI)